weed eaters

O’Hare’s herd of weed eaters gets the winter off

Llama at ORD 2

Remember the herd of goats, sheep, llamas and burros that the Chicago Department of Aviation hired to eat weeds on about 120 acres of land at O’Hare Airport?

From August through mid-November, 37 animals from a no-kill shelter specializing in the rescue of farm and exotic animals munched their way through scrub vegetation on four sites that included hilly areas along creeks or streams and roadway right-of ways that were hard to get to with traditional landscaping equipment.

Now that winter is here, the animals are off-duty. But they’ll back in the spring to dine on a new crop of pesky weeds.