The Navy mascot patrols the sideline during a 2011 game against Air Force. One of the Navy's live goat mascots was stolen from its Maryland farm over the weekend, three weeks before the annual Army-Navy football game. (Evan Habeeb/ US Presswire)
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Bill the Goat, the Naval Academy Mascot, was stolen over the weekend and attached to a median near the Pentagon. He was recovered Saturday morning in good condition.
The goatnapping was confirmed Thursday by John Jordan, manager of Maryland Sunrise Farm, the home of Bill XXXIII and Bill XXXIV. Jordan did not know which of the academy's two mascots was stolen.
Jordan suspects soldiers were behind it, but he had no knowledge of it.
Stealing the goat is somewhat of a tradition in the days leading up to the http://militarytimes.com/blogs/afteraction/category/army-navy-game/">Army-Navy football game, Jordan said.
"At this time, we are unaware of who may have taken the goat, but it could be related to the Army-Navy game Dec. 8," a Navy spokeswoman said.
"Bill the Goat has been a part of our 10-game winning streak against Army, so we are glad to have him back before the big game next week," she continued.
West Point has "no official knowledge" of the theft and the two service academies have mutually agreed to not steal mascots, a West Point spokesman said.
Jordan said he learned about the heist when he was visited by an officer from the Academy on Saturday morning. He learned that the goat was found tied up somewhere along a median strip on Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Va.
Authorities moved the Angora goat, who was in good condition, to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, where Jordan picked him up.
"You would have thought [the culprits] would have taken [the goat] to somewhere safe," Jordan said. "Maybe it's time the prank stopped."
The farm is just miles from Fort Meade, an Army installation, and locals from the area with ties to the service have previously helped steal the goat.