Baby goat beheaded; litter mate missing

Published: Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:41 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:43 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Caledonia, the mother goat, repeatedly cried for her little ones, Jack and Calvin.

"It's been almost a year without an incident. This is sad," says Morgana King.

The three were part of a larger group of goats owned by a company called Ya Herd Me. Through a contract with Brechtel Park, the goats lived in the park and helped to keep invasive weeds at bay.

When the company owner came early Thursday morning to check on her goats, she immediately knew something was wrong.

"It was strange because usually they're together, but there was a bunch in one place and others in another place," says King.

King says she couldn't find the two babies, and eventually she stumbled on little Calvin's dead - and headless - body.

"It looked like it was left there on purpose for me to find," says King.

"This is an horrific situation. We got a call anticipating this being an animal attack," says Amanda Pumilia with the SPCA.

The SPCA, though, says this was no animal attack.

"When animals attack, they'll go for the soft spots, like the neck and belly. This goat had no other injuries, other than a clearly severed head," says Pumilia.

The baby goat's head has not been found, and Calvin's 3-month-old brother, Jack, is also gone. The SPCA and NOPD are investigating.

The owner of the goats believe an altercation between her husband and a group of teenagers may be connected to the act.

"They were playing with the goats, and he asked them not to hold them that way," says King.

The SPCA says the teenagers did not react kindly to the goat owner, but did eventually leave.

Now, the search continues for Jack, and investigators hope to find the culprits soon.

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