The King Puck has been taken down from his cage above Killorglin and will not be put back up for the rest of the Puck Fair.
The wild goat was taken down from its pedestal yesterday due to animal welfare concerns – with organisers taking action due to the current “unprecedented spells of hot, sunny weather”.
This morning however, they confirmed that the goat was sent back up once temperatures began to drop in the evening.
“Following veterinary checks and a clean bill of health, King Puck was reinstated on the stand last night once temperatures dropped,” they said.
“Today he is back in the shade with plenty of cold water and food while his hourly checks continue. “
Shortly afterwards it emerged he was taken down once again at around 10:30am this morning.
The Department of Agriculture welcomed the decision to take the goat down and “not to put him back up on the raised platform again during this year’s Fair”.
It said Agriculture Minister Charlie McConlogue in July urged all farm animal owners to take steps to protect livestock during hot weather.
It said the department will be “keeping the matter under review”.
They Puck Fair was due end with the ‘formal dethronement’ of the King Puck this evening.
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Main image shows King Puck in his cage after spending two nights perched high over Killorglin in in 2015, 11-08-2015. Image: RollingNews