Goats left ‘screaming in distress’ after babies stolen as farmer begs for return
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Mother Pygmy goats have been left "screaming in distress" after two of their babies were stolen – with a farmer offering a cash reward for their safe return.
Matthew Tomlinson said the pair were taken from his Lancashire farm in the early hours of Friday, February 12, and worth around £1,000 each.
He told LancashireLive they were seven and eight-weeks-old and won't survive long away from their mothers.
Matthew, of Burscough, west Lancs, said: "We were feeding the animals when we noticed the mum goats were screaming. We done a quick head count and out of five adults and five babies, two of the babies had been taken.
"They're only seven and eight weeks old and as big as Jack Russells. It's very distressing, especially when you can hear their mothers in screaming in distress."
Another local farmer reported a suspicious car described as a Blue Ford Focus, possibly a Blue Ford Fiesta, parking up in the area in recent days.
Matthew thinks the culprits may have known what they're doing as the two babies picked were both females who slept separately from each other.
One kid goat is a twin and was deliberately taken from its male sibling.
Matthew, who also looks after sheep and ponies, said: "The fact that two females were taken shows that its people who know what to look for.
"The goats are unusual colours too – one is chocolate and white and one is grey and white and would probably be worth about a grand each.
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"It's awful and you just don't think this kind of thing can happen where you are. We don't care about who's got them or where they are, we're just offering money for their safe return."
Burscough police are currently investigating CCTV footage located at Shaws Crossing on Sutch Lane.
Lancashire police has been approached for comment.
The farm can be contacted on 07898954153 or 07714655335 and any information will be kept confidential.
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