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Grazing goats to clean Capitol Hill cemetery in DC

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Take a spin around the perimeter of Congressional Cemetery in Southeast D.C. and you will quickly discover that the four-legged friends who arrived here Wednesday have a job to do.

Whether they are reaching up, bending down, or perched on a log, the goats are eating away at a problem.

"Think of goats kind of like 2-year-olds,” says Brian Knox, Owner of Eco-Goats, a Maryland-based company. “2-year-olds explore the world with their mouths. Goats don't have hands, so that's how they decide if something is food.”

The cemetery has hired 70 goats for $4,000 to simply graze.

"You can see the trees behind me are rather covered with invasive species and our problem is these mature trees are being choked by some of the veins," says Paul Williams.

The falling trees damage headstones. The goats are fenced-in in a wooded area. They will be at the cemetery for about a week. The public is welcome to visit.

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