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No kidding - goats star at Tokyo cafe

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 01:19

July 11 - A Tokyo cafe attracts animal-loving customers with Sakura and Chocolat, a pair of friendly goats who love to roam the city's concrete landscape. Tara Cleary reports.

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Shibuya station in central Tokyo is not a place you'd expect to find farm animals. Meet Chocolat and Sakura, whose home is a nearby café. Manager Rena Kawaguchi says the goats were brought in to spice up business. And three years later, the animals are inseparable, apart from the odd skirmish over food. SOUNDBITE: Rena Kawaguchi, manager of 'Sakuragaoka Café', saying (Japanese): "Sometimes the white one, Sakura, gets really violent when it comes to her food. At feeding time she goes straight for it, attacking Chocolat so she can get to it first." But keeping livestock in an urban café is not without its challenges: the goats are fed protein-rich pills to prevent foul-smelling droppings. And aside from serving customers, the staff has to clean the pen and walk the duo. But the marketing exercise has paid off - customers have taken to the animals. SOUNDBITE: Kotaro Nakazato, customer, saying (Japanese): "When you live in the city, places where you can meet animals are so far away you rarely get to go there. So when they're nearby like this, it makes it much easier for people like me to commune with nature." And there'll be plenty of bleating if anyone gets these goats.

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No kidding - goats star at Tokyo cafe

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 01:19