Minnesota nativity goat found
Curly's owner, Jim Aakre (AWK'-ree), came to make sure the goat was his. Aakre thought about going home to get a horse trailer, but Curly was already cold, so he and his wife, Karen, gave Curly her first car ride.
The 3-year-old Angora goat was supposed to be part of a live Nativity scene but escaped while she was being unloaded for a Christmas Eve service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
The search for a goat missing from Fergus Falls has a happy ending. Curly was found yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon by Tony Loomer southwest of town on Dayton Hollow Road. Tony came out to feed the horses and goats and noticed an extra visitor. Curley appeared to be very hungry, wet, cold and had lost weight.
Owner Jim Aakre came to make sure it was his goat. He thought about going home to get a horse trailer but it was 15 below and she was already cold so he put down a sleeping bag in the back and Curly got her first car ride:
“We loaded Curly up in the back seat of my Volkswagen and Karen drove. We headed home. She is going to spend a couple days in my shop, we got a heated floor. I was afraid she might get pneumonia. She needs a couple of days to dry out and make sure she’s O.K. “
He says he's not sure the goat would have made it much longer because of the extreme cold. The area had wind chills of up to 40 below zero. She was coated with ice and may have crossed the river or fell through the ice.
Curly slipped away as she was being unloaded for a Christmas Eve service at Bethlehem Lutheran. Tony Loomer will receive the $300 reward and the other prizes for safe return of the missing goat.