The goat has been named as Fusilier Shenkin IV (Crown)
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New Regimental Goat Finally Caught By Royal Welsh Soldiers

A new regimental goat has been chosen to train with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh, despite the tough task of locating him...

The goat has been named as Fusilier Shenkin IV (Crown)

The goat has been named as Fusilier Shenkin IV

It is a tradition that has been more than two centuries in the making.

And finally, a new regimental goat has been chosen to train with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh... despite Fusilier Shenkin IV giving the regiment the runaround.

After being granted permission by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to select the new regimental goat soldiers from 3 R WELSH travelled to Great Orme in Llandudno.

"There's no doubt we've got a character on our hands."

"Shenkin is a Welsh icon and he will go on to attract as much attention as his predecessors and serve with distinction."

Captain Tom Sobik and Goat Major Sergeant Mark Jackson picked out the new Kashmir kid goat and, led by an RSPCA vet and wardens, sought to safely transport the goat from the area.

However, it proved to be much trickier than first thought.

The area of the Great Orme where Shenkin was grazing was set amongst dense shrubland and steep slopes, which proved to be easier terrain for goats than it was for soldiers.

Soldiers struggled on the terrain making their task harder than first expected (Crown).
Soldiers struggled on the terrain making their task harder than first expected

Captain Tom Sobik, the battalion adjutant, said:

"We were very keen not to rush the process and it was important the proper procedures were observed."

"The welfare of the animals was paramount and under the advice of an RSPCA vet, we tried all kinds of ways to encourage Shenkin to a safe spot. However, and despite numerous attempts, we decided it was best to postpone.

"The public took great interest in the events of our initial attempt but we are finally relieved we've got our goat.

"There's no doubt we've got a character on our hands. Shenkin is a Welsh icon and he will go on to attract as much attention as his predecessors and serve with distinction."

"There was that cheeky look in his eye when I first saw him and we knew immediately which member of the Royal Herd we were keen on."

Shenkin proved to be an elusive goat to try and find (Crown).
Shenkin proved to be very elusive

Shenkin is most famous for his appearances in the Principality Stadium, leading the Welsh Rugby Union team into sporting battle during the Six Nations to the sound of the Regimental March - 'Men of Harlech' which is played by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.

Goat Major Sergeant Mark Jackson said Shenkin IV has now begun an immediate six-month training schedule back at Maindy Barracks in Cardiff.

"There was a bit of a run around on our first attempt but it's all been worth it."

"There was that cheeky look in his eye when I first saw him and we knew immediately which member of the Royal Herd we were keen on.

"It's all about getting Shenkin used to different noises now and being around people.

"I take great care in making sure he's fully prepared to face the public and, when he is, he'll be in great demand."

Shenkin IV's first public appearance is due at the National Armed Forces Day event in Llandudno on Saturday, June 30.

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