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Baltimore Police say goat stolen from Curtis Bay community garden has been returned

Baltimore Police said late Tuesday night that a baby Nigerian Dwarf goat that was reported stolen from a southern Baltimore community garden has been anonymously returned.

In a post on Twitter and Facebook, the department said the Southern District was notified at 9:52 p.m. that the goat had been anonymously returned to its home at the Filbert Street Garden and that he is “safe and unharmed.”

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Earlier in the day, the owners of the garden said two people broke into their facility and stole the 20-pound goat, Ed, who was in danger of dying if not returned to his mother.

“Ed is loved by the neighborhood,” Charles DeBarber, the garden’s animal caretaker, said at the time. “The truth is he isn’t livestock or a pet, but part of our community. Kids come by to play with him every day and folks come by to give him things through the fence and pet him. He is literally the friendliest goat I have ever met.”

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The Filbert Street Garden, a community garden in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood, wrote on Facebook that two people broke into a barn and cut through fencing around midnight Monday to steal the goat.

“We’re not sure if the hope is to sell him or if it is part of some initiation,” the garden wrote, adding that the goat is “white with black stripes, and tan ‘moon spots’ in his white fur.”

“Filbert Street Garden and the community begs whoever did this to please just quietly return Ed,” the post continues. “He is not old enough to ween from his mother yet and could die.”

DeBarber said the garden was offering a $500 reward for Ed’s safe return, “no questions asked.”

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