Goat that fled Fergus Falls Nativity scene found safe after 25 days
UNDERWOOD, Minn. - Curly the fugitive Angora goat who fled a Nativity scene and defied capture is now safe at home.
She was found Wednesday afternoon near Fergus Falls among her own kind at the Tony Loomer farm.
"They found Curly eating oats with their goats," said Karen Aakre, Curly's happy owner.
But after 25 days on the run, Curly was showing signs that the subzero cold weather was taking its toll.
"She was shivering when they found her," Aakre said. "She was covered with frost and ice."
In fact, earlier this week people offered a $250 reward for Curly's safe return, concerned that the approaching extreme cold weather would endanger her.
Besides the hazards from the elements, Aakre had other worries while Curley was on the lam. "I was concerned about coyotes and dogs," she said.
Curly bolted from a Nativity scene at Bethlehem Church in Fergus Falls, apparently spooked by the crowd, and ran away.
The goat was spotted several times, including an appearance in Fergus Falls last week, but she eluded her would-be rescuers.
When Tony Loomer spotted Curly eating with his own goat herd, he simply walked up to her and grabbed the vagabond goat's halter and led her to his barn until Jim and Karen Aakre could get her.
Search parties, including people on horseback and riding four-wheelers, couldn't find Curly. "I think she was lying low during the day and on the move at night," Aakre said.
Now Curly is warming up in a heated machine shop, where she will spend a couple of days until warmer weather arrives, and she will go back to the barn.
But there are no plans for Curly to make an encore performance in a manger.
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