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The baby goat stolen from Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate.

The baby goat stolen from Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate.

The baby goat stolen from Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate.

The baby goat stolen from Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate.

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The baby goat stolen from Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate.

A baby goat only three-weeks-old has been stolen in north Co Dublin in a targeted theft.

The pygmy goat kid is so young it is still dependent on its mother.

The incident happened last Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday morning when two people scaled a wall at Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate.

The popular visitor attraction is set in 360 acres of wildflower meadows and consists of a Georgian house with woodland walks on a 30 acre 18th century farm of rare breeds.

When staff went to feed the goats on Saturday morning they spotted that one of the kids was missing from the pen.

But there was no sign of any reason why it would be missing, so staff checked the CCTV system.

“It shows two people in dark clothing, and one climbs over the wall and walks straight over and takes the baby goat from the pen and puts it in a backpack before going back over the wall,” said parks manager Ivan Smith.

“It’s a very unusual crime and we cannot think why anyone would do such a thing. The kid is not worth a large sum of money, and is still reliant on her mother. Without her she will need to be bottle-fed.

“It looks like a very targeted operation, and we are just appealing to the public to help us find her. She will be pining for her mother. Pygmy goats are very cute, but we’re baffled as to why someone would do this,” he added.

“The mother had four kids three weeks ago, and one of the family is now gone and we are concerned about her. It’s very hard on the staff who take care of them too. They are worried about her,” he explained.

Gardaí in Swords confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Newbridge House and Farm or Swords gardaí on 01 6664700.

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