First came a more domesticated cat café. Now, there’s a goat café. Do we dare ask what will be next?
According to Reuters, the latest animal café to open has been a coffee shop in Tokyo that is also the home to two pet goats: Sakura (Cherry) and Chocolat. Customers can pet them while enjoying a beverage, or you can even book in advance to take the goats for a walk. Café owner Rena Kawaguchi brought in the goats to attract an animal-loving clientele, one she hopes she can further develop with an elephant café in the future.
Kotaro Nakazato, a 21-year-old university student, told Reuters, “When you live in the city like I do, places where you can meet animals are so far away and you rarely get the time to go there. Having them nearby like this makes it easy to commune with nature.”
The goats are not an easy undertaking. Staff members have the added stress of having to muck out the pen and feed them protein-rich pills to prevent foul-smelling droppings.