Got their goat! Rescuers corral loose goat

LINCOLN, Neb. — A loose goat that had eluded officers for nearly two weeks was taken into custody by animal control officers.

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Lincoln Animal Control shared a video on Facebook documenting its pursuit of the goat. The video shows the animal prancing away from officers, taunting officers from unreachable spots, and officers even described the animal as looking “smug” one day.

Officers began getting calls about the brown-and-white, possibly dwarf, goat on Nov. 8, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. The animal was spotted across west Lincoln — from a bridge, to railroad tracks, to the county jail.

“We’ve been working to get it secured,” Animal Control officer Nick Finelli told the Journal Star. “But they’re difficult to catch because they have four legs and we only have two — so they’re a lot faster than us.”

In its Facebook post announcing the goat’s capture, Lincoln Animal Control referred to its officers as the “Goat Interdiction Taskforce” and said, “After weeks of investigation of theft of grain from railcars and smuggling of goat milk on outgoing trains, the G.I.T. was successful in capturing its main suspect.”

A white goat had previously caused problems for Animal Control officers, eluding them from August through early November, the Journal Star reported. Animal Control director Steve Beal said it’s unclear whether the animals are related.

“Animal Control has not had anybody call and say, ‘I’m missing a goat,’ so we don’t know where either of these came from.”

The white goat was not caught, and has not been reported seen since Nov. 4, the Journal Star reported.

The goat was taken to the Capital Humane Society, where a photo showed it to be happily — and safely — enclosed.

Officers told the Journal Star that they estimated the goat had been on its own for about a month, but said it looked healthy when it was caught.

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