Stockholm, Sweden (AP) -- A giant straw goat has survived an unusual Christmas tradition in Sweden.
Vandals tried but failed overnight to set fire to the 43-foot-high goat in a town north of Stockholm.
It was the first attack of the season on the goat, which has been burned down more than 20 times since it was first erected 40 years ago. The goat also has been hit by flaming arrows, run over by a car and had its legs cut off.
This year, officials soaked the goat with flame-resistant chemicals and set up two 24-hour web cams.
The chairman of the goat committee says other than the smell of gasoline and some soot on a ribbon, the goat is fine.
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