An Angora goat took the place of honor Jan. 29 during worship at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, Minn.
When neighboring Bethlehem Lutheran held a Christmas Eve service using live animals, Curley got away.
The community went on "goat watch," with the Fergus Falls Daily Journal and the local radio station reporting on Curley sightings.
The goat was on the lam for 25 days, finally wandering on to the Tony and Andrea Loomer farm. Jim and Karen Aakre of rural Underwood offered a $300 reward for Curley.
The Loomers' children, Kyra and Koryna, donated the reward to God's Global Barnyard of the ELCA Hunger Appeal, where it will buy six goats for families in Africa.
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