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Published January 19, 2012, 10:48 PM

Curly the Goat home after month on the lam

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - It's the story of a goat gone missing. Fleeing a nativity scene, Curly was gone in an instant. Dead or alive, nobody knew. Now, after nearly a month wondering and surviving in Otter Tail County, Curly is home.

It's the story of a goat gone missing. Fleeing a nativity scene, Curly was gone in an instant. Dead or alive, nobody knew. Now, after nearly a month wondering and surviving in Otter Tail County, Curly is home.

Not too many missing goat stories turn out like this one. Christmas Eve, Curly the Goat was on his way from this farm, to take part in a Nativity Scene in Fergus Falls.

Karen Aakre – Curly’s Owner: “He brushed off some straw and hay off Curly's back to make Curly look good for church and he realized the lead right here by the halter had slipped out.”

Curly the goat disappeared December 24th, breaking loose from a nativity scene in Fergus Falls. A 3 hour search and countless efforts in the past 25 days turned up few results.

Karen Aakre: “I kept telling everybody, ‘Don't worry, we'll find Curly, Curly will be fine,’ but back in my heart I was very worried that she was all by herself and nobody to protect her.”

After more than a dozen sightings in and around Fergus Falls, Curly was found here, at the Loomer Farm, about 6 miles southwest of the city.

Tony Loomer – Found Curly: “I was walking down here and then when I crossed the corner, the goat was standing over by the gate.”

Karen Aakre: “I was so happy, I couldn't believe it, I was hopping around going, ‘Oh yes! Yes! Yes! We found Curly.’”

Tony Loomer: “I got closer when I got a couple feet away from me, you could see he was shivering.”

Aakre says Curly looks like he's lost a little weight, but this 4-year-old is healthy, surprising after a journey that saw him travel dozens of miles, cross a river and most likely an interstate.

Karen Aakre: “We hauled Curly home in my husband's car and he held Curly the hole way home and I drove and the minute she put his head on his lap, she got peaceful and quiet and said, "Oh this is daddy, I'm home and everything's fine."

Perhaps next, Ahkre says, a children's book, "The Adventures of Curley", sounds like a best seller.

It looks dirty now, but this spring, Aakre says she'll spin more than 3 pounds of material from Curley's coat.

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