PORTLAND -- Portland police recovered a stolen goat early Tuesday morning in Southeast Portland.
The goat was recovered around 4 a.m. near SE 18th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, according to spokesman Lt. Robert King.
Dispatchers received a call about 3:12 a.m. from a neighbor who overheard two people outside bragging and laughing about stealing a goat.
Joseph Redmond, works nearby and sometimes gives the goats water.
"We come out and there's one guy inside the fence handing over this little goat right here to two other men on the other side of the fence."
"They're like 'oh, we're just gonna take it to a party - we'll bring it back by the morning' and we're just like, 'no you aren't.'"
Police returned the goat to an address near 11th and Taylor that already had other goats penned, what King called the result of "keen investigative skills."
The goat was part of a herd of 16 performing natural landscaping and clearing work. They work for a firm called Goat Rental NW and had been hired by Killian Pacific, which owns the lot being cleared.
No suspects were located and police consider the incident closed, King said.
Before being transported, the goat relieved herself, then was buckled into the back of a police car.