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Job openings are few and slim in Silicon Valley these days, but at least Google is hiring. Applicants are required to have at least 2 years experience eating grass with a four-chambered stomach.

Google said today it has enlisted a small army of hungry, hungry goats to help manicure the expansive fields at its Mountain View headquarters.

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The internet's top ad broker wrote in its official blog that the goats are hired from a local goat rental business to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard.

A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

Yes, it's all eco-friendly fun and games until Googlers start spreading Goat Flu to the masses. ®

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