It’s 11:30pm in Minnesota. Not a time you’d expect to see two young girls out walking alone, in their pajamas. With a goat.
After a suspicious adult saw them and called 911, one of Mankato’s finest arrived on the scene. The girls informed him the goat was theirs, and they were simply taking him for a stroll. As the suspicious officer pressed them for more information, the story became even more fantastical.
As the Mankato Free Press reported:
They also told the officer they’d been sneaking their pet out regularly for nightly walks.”
The real story came to light when police took the two girls, who are stepsisters and both under the age of 10, home to speak with their parents. Turns out they’d attended a birthday party at the local zoo that day, and afterward decided to return under cover of darkness to abscond with Gabby the goat.
I’ve heard of big fish stories before, but not goats. Putting aside the danger these children could have been in going out at night unattended, this has to be the funniest weird news I’ve read this week.
What would have happened had they escaped the long arm of the law? One night in the kids’ closet, and Gabby likely would have eaten everything inside of it.
I was one of those kids who had such a guilty conscience that I couldn’t have begun to think of doing, much less executing, such a high crime as goat nabbing. How about you? Did you ever come up with similar “dastardly” plans?
Photo credit: Wikipedia – Belinda Hankins Miller