Three days after she was stolen from a farm animal rescue near Wetaskiwin, Alta., Daisy the blind baby goat has been reunited with the people who run the Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement (FARRM).
“I’m so happy,” Melissa Foley, the founder of FARRM, told Global News on Wednesday night.
“Daisy’s OK. She doesn’t seem any worse for wear – I don’t think a hair on her head was harmed.”
Foley said she and her husband were out on Wednesday when a neighbour told them Daisy was back near their property. She said they came back and Daisy appeared to be in good health. She also said she believes someone dropped her off because it had been raining, but Daisy was dry.
“She would have been just dropped off, everything indicates that.
“Our neighbour, (who lives) just 500 metres down the road, found her,” Foley said. “My husband and I had gone out on a lead from an animal communicator, saying that she was a kilometre or so down the road. So we were searching frantically in the fields. We really believed, ‘This is it, we’re going to find this goat.’ And sure enough, we were just getting ready to give up and get home and our neighbour called us.”
Daisy went missing on Sunday, according to Foley.
She and her husband had been out and when they arrived at home, the gate wasn’t shut the way they would normally leave it.
They searched their six-acre property to try to find the goat but they couldn’t find her. A neighbour later told them they heard a vehicle driving on their property and dogs barking shortly before Foley and her husband were home.
Watch below: On Sept. 11, 2017, Quinn Ohler filed this report about the owner of a blind baby goat pleading for the animal’s return after she went missing on Sunday.
Daisy, who is six to seven months old, was surrendered to FARRM in the spring. She is blind and missing most of her tongue because she was attacked by crows soon after she was born.
Foley said she was particularly concerned about Daisy because she requires medication and usually follows a strict regime including what she called “goat yoga.” She was elated to have her back safe and sound.
“I would like to thank the person who did end up coming to their senses and finding it in their heart to bring her back,” she said. “I am eternally thankful that that decision was made and I can hold no judgment for any other action that took place prior to that.”
According to Foley, Daisy’s good friend Merlin, a blind sheep who also lives at FARRM, had missed her while she was gone. Foley sent out a photo of the two being reunited on Wednesday night.
“She’s back out in the pen where she belongs with Merlin and he was making quite the fuss when he heard her come in,” Foley said.
Foley had offered a $10,000 reward for the safe return of Daisy and organized a search party to scour the area on Monday night. On Wednesday, she said some of the money collected for the reward will now be used towards another project in the future but said they aren’t announcing what that is just yet.
“We’re going to work something out with the reward for getting Daisy home
Foley said the incident was a wakeup call for her to increase security on her property.
-With files from Caley Ramsay and Quinn Ohler