Gone Goat: Police investigate after baby goat stolen from Riverdale Farm

It was an unsuspecting Thursday morning when staff from Riverdale Farm discovered that Juniper, one of the farm’s newest goats, was missing.Juniper is a three-month-old Nubian kid that police believe was stolen during a break-in at Riverdale, a municipally operated farm in Cabbagetown. The suspects likely entered Juniper’s pen between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday, taking the goat with them when they left. There were no signs of predators in the area, and the alleged thieves left Juniper’s identical twin sister and mother unharmed.Juniper is “small, about 30 lbs, with black and silver fur across her back and flank, with brown legs and white markings on her ears,” the City of Toronto said in an email to The Star. “Goat kids like Juniper are reliant on their mother for sustenance and while they are ruminants at maturity, they require milk for up to six months in order to thrive. At Juniper’s age, it is uncommon for goat kids to stray too far from their mothers.” The case seemed bizarre even to Rob MacArthur, Ontario pet detective. “I have definitely never heard of a goat stolen before,” said MacArthur. “I’ve heard of dogs and cats stolen especially, even horses, but not goats.”MacArthur said the key step with stolen animals is spreading the word as soon as possible through news, social media and listing the pet’s information on a site called Pet FBI. In this case, the sooner the goat is located, the better chance the owners have of recognizing her before he grows older. “It is also a case of finding the animal before (she) is shipped across the city or province,” said MacArthur. One major problem with finding stolen animals in Canada, according to MacArthur, is there is no data tracking stolen pets. “We really have no idea and no one is keeping track. You can’t even go to Statistics Canada to see how many pets have been stolen from homes in Canada,” he said. The city says that staff are working closely with Toronto Police and that overnight security at the farm is provided by a third-party operator that is also actively participating in the investigation.“Riverdale Farm staff are understandably upset and are extremely concerned about Juniper who, they say, would not leave the pen without her mother and would have likely cried out during the incident,” Detective Const. Graham Ellis said in a statement.“We’d urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact us immediately so we can find her and safely return her to the farm,” he added.Rhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: rsachdeva@thestar.ca

Gone Goat: Police investigate after baby goat stolen from Riverdale Farm

It was an unsuspecting Thursday morning when staff from Riverdale Farm discovered that Juniper, one of the farm’s newest goats, was missing.

Juniper is a three-month-old Nubian kid that police believe was stolen during a break-in at Riverdale, a municipally operated farm in Cabbagetown. The suspects likely entered Juniper’s pen between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday, taking the goat with them when they left. There were no signs of predators in the area, and the alleged thieves left Juniper’s identical twin sister and mother unharmed.

Juniper is “small, about 30 lbs, with black and silver fur across her back and flank, with brown legs and white markings on her ears,” the City of Toronto said in an email to The Star.

“Goat kids like Juniper are reliant on their mother for sustenance and while they are ruminants at maturity, they require milk for up to six months in order to thrive. At Juniper’s age, it is uncommon for goat kids to stray too far from their mothers.”

The case seemed bizarre even to Rob MacArthur, Ontario pet detective.

“I have definitely never heard of a goat stolen before,” said MacArthur. “I’ve heard of dogs and cats stolen especially, even horses, but not goats.”

MacArthur said the key step with stolen animals is spreading the word as soon as possible through news, social media and listing the pet’s information on a site called Pet FBI.

In this case, the sooner the goat is located, the better chance the owners have of recognizing her before he grows older.

“It is also a case of finding the animal before (she) is shipped across the city or province,” said MacArthur.

One major problem with finding stolen animals in Canada, according to MacArthur, is there is no data tracking stolen pets.

“We really have no idea and no one is keeping track. You can’t even go to Statistics Canada to see how many pets have been stolen from homes in Canada,” he said.

The city says that staff are working closely with Toronto Police and that overnight security at the farm is provided by a third-party operator that is also actively participating in the investigation.

“Riverdale Farm staff are understandably upset and are extremely concerned about Juniper who, they say, would not leave the pen without her mother and would have likely cried out during the incident,” Detective Const. Graham Ellis said in a statement.

“We’d urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact us immediately so we can find her and safely return her to the farm,” he added.

Rhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: rsachdeva@thestar.ca

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The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.7:10 a.m.: The vaccine pipeline is about to turn on. Is Canada ready?The Star’s Alex Boyd went inside Ontario’s vaccine rollout — and its biggest challenge yet7:05 a.m.: A fifth major league team has been able to relax coronavirus protocols after 85 per cent of its players and other on-field personnel completed vaccination.Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association made the announcement Friday without identifying any teams and said seven additional teams had reached the 85% level of having received final doses and would be able to relax protocols within two weeks once they are fully vaccinated.The New York Yankees and Detroit said last weekend they were able to relax protocols, and Milwaukee said earlier this week it had been able to relax them. 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The province has used 78.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply.P.E.I. is reporting 6,556 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 59,758 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 376.715 per 1,000. In the province, 6.78 per cent (10,750) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 76,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.Nova Scotia is reporting 44,485 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 356,978 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 365.794 per 1,000. In the province, 3.86 per cent (37,630) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 450,600 doses delivered so far. 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Today’s coronavirus news: The vaccine pipeline is about to turn on. Is Canada ready? Plus, a fifth of MLB teams relax COVID protocols

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7:10 a.m.: The vaccine pipeline is about to turn on. Is Canada ready?

The Star’s Alex Boyd went inside Ontario’s vaccine rollout — and its biggest challenge yet

7:05 a.m.: A fifth major league team has been able to relax coronavirus protocols after 85 per cent of its players and other on-field personnel completed vaccination.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association made the announcement Friday without identifying any teams and said seven additional teams had reached the 85% level of having received final doses and would be able to relax protocols within two weeks once they are fully vaccinated.

The New York Yankees and Detroit said last weekend they were able to relax protocols, and Milwaukee said earlier this week it had been able to relax them. Relaxed protocols include dropping the requirements for facemasks in dugouts and bullpens, and loosening restrictions on mobility during road trips.

MLB said Friday that more than 83% of all tier 1 individuals such as players, managers, coaches, athletic trainers and support personnel had been partially or fully vaccinated, up from 81% on April 30.

There were no positive results among 10,330 monitoring tests in the past week and one among staff at an alternate training site, a 0.009% positive rate.

Thus far this season, there have been 44 positive tests — 27 players and 17 staff — among 145,647 samples tested, a 0.03% positive rate. The positive tests are among 21 teams.

4:05 a.m.: In Canada, the provinces are reporting 406,415 new vaccinations administered for a total of 15,325,183 doses given. Nationwide, 1,221,019 people or 3.2 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 40,436.61 per 100,000.

There were 51,642 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 18,033,514 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 84.98 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 17,703 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 191,130 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 365.009 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,676) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 244,930 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 47 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 6,556 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 59,758 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 376.715 per 1,000. In the province, 6.78 per cent (10,750) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 76,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 44,485 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 356,978 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 365.794 per 1,000. In the province, 3.86 per cent (37,630) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 450,600 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 31,411 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 293,550 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 376.327 per 1,000. In the province, 3.78 per cent (29,476) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 373,815 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.53 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 104,742 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,550,899 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 414.987 per 1,000. There were 51,642 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 4,110,859 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 144,724 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,885,485 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 400.671 per 1,000. In the province, 2.64 per cent (387,484) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 7,056,415 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 15,140 new vaccinations administered for a total of 534,647 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 388.268 per 1,000. In the province, 5.45 per cent (74,988) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 686,160 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 50 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.92 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 10,530 new vaccinations administered for a total of 491,440 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 416.773 per 1,000. In the province, 3.87 per cent (45,655) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 542,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 90.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 59,730 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,792,312 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 407.154 per 1,000. In the province, 7.09 per cent (311,908) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,002,215 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 46,946 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,042,442 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 398.015 per 1,000. In the province, 1.94 per cent (99,461) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,330,040 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.66 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 299 new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,439 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,184.707 per 1,000. In the territory, 55.23 per cent (23,048) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 55,920 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 88.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,007 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,064.009 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.04 per cent (21,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 58,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 81.64 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 133 new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,096 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 751.33 per 1,000. In the territory, 32.97 per cent (12,768) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 44,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 65.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

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