Stylish Gaston County goat becomes social media sensation

Updated: Apr. 29, 2019 at 5:27 PM EDT
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STANLEY, NC (WBTV) - There’s a goat in Gaston County making a name for himself on social media, you might have even seen some of his videos on Facebook. With such a large following, you’d think he’d be a dancing goat or be able to perform some kind of trick, but that’s not it.

Billy Gotti the Goat, just makes people happy. He’s also the most stylish animal you probably could ever meet.

“This is Billy’s outfit. He has on his khaki’s and things,” said Jo’lee Shine who created Billy’s social media pages. “My son stays fresh. He stays fresh.”

The goat has more than 50,000 followers on Instagram and 80,000 likes on Facebook. Shine said she made the social media pages to share videos showcasing their daily shenanigans. Each post has thousands of shares.

“From Africa, Haiti, UK, I think I was in Ireland,” Shine said.

For one reason or another, people just can’t get enough of the two. One Instagram user said, “This is my new favorite account on Instagram,” another said “Omg I love him. This is too cute!!’”

“It all just went everywhere; this was not intentional. It just happened,” Shine said.

This all started because Shine says she was lonely. She doesn’t have any kids, so she thought she should buy a goat.

“I was raised on a farm, we had cows, we had pigs, so one day I just started looking up goats,” Shine explained.

Now she considers Billy to be her child. Shine takes him along with her when she runs errands, like when she needs to go to the store.

“He goes everywhere with me, everywhere,” she confirmed.

This all isn’t just for the follows, likes or shares. Billy makes people feel good too. There’s a Facebook video of the goat visiting and sharing love with someone at a retirement home.

“Anywhere he actually goes. We were here at the park and the kids absolutely love him,” said Shine.

Shine said she’ll keep sharing videos of Billy so he can continue to spread joy, whether it be through social media or in real life.

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