A goat named Lincoln has been elected as the honorary pet mayor of the small Vermont town of Fair Haven.

A goat named Lincoln has been elected as the honorary pet mayor of Fair Haven.

A goat named Lincoln has been elected as the honorary pet mayor of Fair Haven.

The animal was chosen this week by townspeople for the one-year post at the community's Town Meeting Day.

Lincoln came top in a ballot of 16 pets. Most of the other candidates were dogs and cats; a gerbil named Crystal also was a candidate.

The animal will be expected to attend local events in the town of about 2,500 along the border with New York.

Town Manager Joseph Gunter says he heard about a small town in northern Michigan trying a similar idea and subsequently he thought it would be a good idea to raise as a fundraiser for a playground.

It only raised about $100 through a $5 entry fee but it turned into a crucial civics lesson, teaching kids about local government.