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Happy Ending for Baby Goat Stolen from State Fair


GusGus—possibly the cutest baby goat ever—was abducted from the Arizona State Fair this past Wednesday. NPR reports that it’s likely a fair-goer tucked this little guy in a bag or jacket and left the grounds with him. Luckily a Good Samaritan found GusGus wandering by a canal in Phoenix and dropped him off at a pet store.

Petting zoo manager Emilie Owen tells Business Insider that the goat-hero “literally saved GusGus’ life by finding him.” Since GusGus is still nursing, he cannot survive without his mother’s milk.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Terry Tang

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Terry Tang

GusGus has since been returned to his mom, Custard, who was visibly distressed since his dissappearance. The pygmy goat superstar was welcomed back to the fair with a banner, balloons, and applause. GusGus’ family, including fair staff, expressed their gratitude to all those who helped to spread the word of the young goat’s disappearance, including the hashtag #FindGusGus. The fair petting zoo plans to increase security to prevent incidents like this in the future.

Feature Photo Credit: Emilie Owen via NPR

Marissa Donovan

Marissa Donovan is a former upstate New York girl living in a cheese-centric world. Although cheese is her day one, she doesn’t discriminate, as she adores all food. Similar to what Beyoncé advises, she likes food so much she put a degree on it—she’s a registered dietitian and master’s student in the nutrition communication program at Tufts. When she’s not filling her head with food info, she’s filling her belly with food and, as always, trying to bring up cheese in casual conversation.