Well, after the local news ran a story, her owners were contacted and Mildred came home.
Somebody thought it would be funny to steal a goat, take her to a town down the road, and chain her to a tree with a sign saying "free lawnmower."
Okay, as much as I'm relieved that she's safe and unharmed, especially since she is days way from birthing a goat kid... what the heck? Is that a joke? I'm not laughing! I know how attached that goat is to her little herd. And, you know, pregnant.
I could get very worked up about this but I'm just happy that she's home again, and nothing bad happened. I cried a little when I watched the report on the news. The camera got a shot of Ivan bleating and of course the editor cued it up with the reporter mentioning that the other two goats have been distressed since Mildred's disappearance. I've gotten very attached to these wonderful little animals.
Is it no longer socially unacceptable to steal critters? If so, can we make it very uncool again?