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Blind goat Daisy re­united with best bud af­ter sus­pected ab­duc­tion

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - — the Cana­dian press

WE­TASKI­WIN — Vol­un­teers with an an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary south of Edmonton are cel­e­brat­ing the safe re­turn of a blind goat named Daisy who they be­lieved had been ab­ducted from their prop­erty ear­lier this week.

The Farm An­i­mal Res­cue and Re­hom­ing Move­ment near We­taski­win had of­fered a $10,000 no-ques­tions-asked re­ward for the re­turn of the an­i­mal.

On Wed­nes­day night, they posted the news on their Face­book page say­ing she had been found and is “un­harmed as best we can tell.” The group’s founder, Melissa Fo­ley, said Daisy had been quickly re­united with her best buddy, a blind sheep named Mer­lin who had been dis­tressed since the sev­en­month-old goat van­ished.

Daisy ended up at the sanc­tu­ary af­ter her eyes and tongue were eaten by crows shortly af­ter she was born.

She dis­ap­peared Sun­day night from the res­cue group’s prop­erty about 10 min­utes out­side of town and since then mem­bers of the group had been search­ing the ru­ral area, knock­ing on doors, and plead­ing on­line for help find­ing her.

“We were in touch with an an­i­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tor — some­body who was say­ing she could talk with Daisy, or what­ever — so we were fol­low­ing up on that,” Fo­ley ex­plained Wed­nes­day night.

“She said (Daisy) was a few kilo­me­tres down the road from us in a field. So while we were do­ing that our neigh­bour called us and said she found Daisy just 500 me­tres from where we ac­tu­ally were look­ing.”

Fo­ley has no idea what ac­tu­ally hap­pened, but sus­pects “it was prob­a­bly just a cou­ple of punks think­ing that it was just go­ing to be a re­ally funny thing to do, maybe not re­al­iz­ing at the time that they were tak­ing an an­i­mal like Daisy with very spe­cial needs.”

She be­lieves her ef­forts at reach­ing out to stu­dents at the lo­cal schools, telling them about Daisy, had an im­pact.

Fo­ley said Daisy seems just fine: “Who­ever had her was tak­ing care of her.”

Less than an hour af­ter Daisy’s re­turn, the group had re­ceived more than 500 mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions on their Face­book page. Fo­ley said she’s not sur­prised at the huge out­pour­ing of sup­port her group has re­ceived on­line and in per­son.

“Any time we’ve ever needed our com­mu­nity for any­thing, they’ve been there.”

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Daisy the blind goat was found by neigh­bours of The Farm An­i­mal Res­cue and Re­hom­ing Move­ment sanc­tu­ary near We­taski­win on Wed­nes­day.

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