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Oklahoma City goats become social media celebrities

by William Crum Published: September 3, 2014
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(Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman)

 

The Hefner Canal Goats are Oklahoma City’s social media celebrities of the summer. Here’s a look at their ascent; look for more this week at NewsOK.com and in The Oklahoman.

Aug. 12 Easements and sewer line rehabs dominate the Water Utilities Trust agenda. Trustee Cody Graves makes a motion to approve a six-month trial with Langston University’s Goat Research Extension Program to control vegetation along the Hefner Canal. The vote in favor is unanimous.

Aug. 14 A herd of 19 goats arrives on the Hefner Canal.

 

(Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman)

 

Aug. 18 First mention of the goats on NewsOK.com and in The Oklahoman. Channels 5 and 9 follow up with stories that night.

Aug. 18 Hefner Canal Goats Twitter account appears: First Tweet: “Hey @BaphometOKC, could you help a brother out and stop the lightning? First day on the job, and we’re kind of freaking out.” Second tweet:

 

 

Aug. 20 “The Lost Ogle” takes note.

Aug. 22 Kelly Ogle, who has 12,300 Twitter followers, tweets a photo of the goats taken during his morning bicycle ride between Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser. Goats respond: “Glad you posted, @kellyogle. You guys all look the same to me.”

Aug. 25 Gary England favorites a tweet: “Sissies. ‘@garyeOK: @garyeok Too hot for humans baby!’”

Aug. 26 The goats retweet The Oklahoman’s story on their guard dog’s arrival. Later: “Bunch of sheep on the news tonight.”

 

(Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman)

 

Aug. 27 Guard dog, Otto, makes his first photo appearance in a tweet by @cityofokc; he’s retweeted by the goats.

Aug. 27 Hefner Canal Goats have 100 followers. The account @OttoTheGreatP appears on Twitter. The goats begin to acquire names; first is Morgan. The goats are now following more than 500 other accounts.

Aug. 28 The goats post their names, along with a photo and this tweet: “We’ll say what everyone’s thinking. Triple X is one weird looking goat.”

Aug. 28 Goats are torn, they post: “How to establish an online presence: 1) Spend 3 years providing insightful content 2) Spend a week pretending you’re a %=*&=÷= goat” This tweet is a runaway favorite with readers.

Aug. 29 Tweet: “Our favorite part of the #PrideOfOklahoma is the tubas. #BigHorns”



Aug. 29 @cityofokc posts five short videos, with employees reading aloud @hefner_goats tweets.

Aug. 29 “Sooner (our most erudite goat) just read that the yummy 3-leaf stuff by the canal is poison ivy. Should we re-negotiate?”

Aug. 30 Posts slow over the Labor Day weekend.

Sept. 1 The conversation with Kelly Ogle continues: “.@kellyogle Sorry that our goat Kelley doesn’t spell it like you do. Have to go to Edmond for that.”

Sept. 2 First work day after Labor Day begins with rain showers. Goats tweet, “Wet wool.”

 

(Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman)

by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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