BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The group that runs a community garden in south Baltimore said Tuesday night that their stolen baby goat has been returned.
The Filbert Street Garden wrote on Facebook that their goat — named Ed — was returned anonymously.
“Ed, our buck kid, has been found! He is safe and reunited with his mother. Thank you to all who aided in the search!” Filbert Street Garden wrote on Facebook.
The group thanked Baltimore City Police for their work in returning Ed safe and sound.
Baltimore City Police tweeted that the goat was returned anonymously shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
Stolen Goat Returned
On May 19, 2020, at about 9:52 p.m., Southern District was notified that the baby goat stolen earlier that morning from the 1300 block of Filbert Street was anonymously returned.
The owners are overjoyed and thankful that Ed is home safe and unharmed. pic.twitter.com/Ijw51rfRSv
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) May 20, 2020
They said the owners are overjoyed to have Ed back.
Filbert Street Garden wrote on Facebook that two teenage boys broke into the one-acre garden around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, cut the lock off the barn and stole Ed, a 20-pound Nigerian Dwarf goat.
Charles DeBarber with the garden told WJZ that Ed’s mother wasn’t physically harmed, but that she had been in distress because she was alone.
Ed is a beloved part of the neighborhood, with neighbors coming to visit and pet him every day.
“We have a lot of people that come through every day just to stop and look at the goats, the children, the adults,” garden manager Rodette Jones said.
One of those neighbors is Valerie Clark. When she realized what had happened, she was heartbroken.
“I came over to look for little Ed, her baby goat and he wasn’t there,” Clark said, “and that’s when I started crying because I knew they stole the baby.”
Clark said Ed felt like a member of the family almost like her grandchildren.
“It’s so much when you don’t have a whole lot in the community, this garden makes a big difference to a lot of the children and the adults,” she said.
The garden has since raised $1,000 to secure the goat habitat as well as additional money to cover general maintenance and upkeep.