A woman taking her dog for a walk near Prospect Park stumbled upon one of Brooklyn’s sure signs that spring is coming: a severed baby goat head. The head, covered in fur, was in Dr. Ronald McNair Park, the little triangle-sized swath of green near the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Museum. About a year ago in the same spot, another goat’s head was found in a similar state.
The woman who stumbled on these grisly remains was, no surprise, less than thrilled about it. “I’m mad at these people doing this,” she told DNA Info. “They have no business doing this in a public park. It’s somebody’s version of a religious sacrifice. Keep that in church or in your own backyard. There are kids everywhere in this neighborhood.”
These goat heads have been found here and there over the years, and are associated with Santeria rituals. That’s actually legal and constitutional, the whole animal sacrifice thing, but by law, practitioners must properly discard their goat heads/animal remains. In Santeria, animal sacrifice usually marks a major life event like a birth or death, so there’s not necessarily a connection to the season. But the recent snowmelt means that little treats like this one are more visible.
We’ll leave you with this, since this is the song that’s stuck in your head at this point anyway.