Animal Files

Teen allegedly steals baby goat from herd, posts it on social media

On Sunday, April 21, at 11:09 a.m., at the 500 block of Dartmoor Street, LBPD received a disturbing report of a stolen baby fire goat being posted on social media by a Mission Viejo teen.

Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres reports, “Laguna Beach Animal Services became aware that a baby goat from the fire goat herd in North Laguna had been taken by a juvenile female subject back to her home in Mission Viejo. There had been postings on social media about the baby goat.”

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 A baby fire goat (not pictured) was allegedly snatched from its herd by a teen and exploited on social media

According to Beres, an Animal Services officer responded to Mission Viejo to retrieve the baby goat and successfully returned the goat back to its mother in the fire goatherd.

The concerned caller reported the alleged crime to LBPD after her kids “showed her a post on social media” of the baby goat.

According to police records, the caller believed that the baby goat was not in good hands and requested this info get passed on to an Animal Services officer.

The baby goat was described as being black and white. The goat herder was contacted and apprised of the illegal incident. 

“The incident remains under investigation,” Beres said. 

Scarily, over the past month, there have been myriad reports of fire goat harassment reported to LBPD. The inclination to grab and take the baby goats seems to have gone too far. From adoring teens to fascinated families, please know, no matter the reason, it is a crime and suspects will be arrested.

Laser focus drives Miss Daisy to the rescue – cat alerts family of huge rattlesnake

This week a Laguna Beach family received an unannounced and unwelcome visitor, a large rattlesnake. Luckily, the family cat, Miss Daisy, saved the day. 

Animal Files Miss Daisy scares snake

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Cat’s craze-like gaze at a rattlesnake saves family from close encounter

 “Miss Daisy’s intense focus out of the window saved us from a dangerous close encounter,” Tom and Gayle Joliet said. “When we looked over her shoulder, we saw this ‘nice’ rattlesnake ‘saunter’ down the driveway to the shade by our path to the laundry room. Carrying a basket of clothes would have blocked our view of this viper on our walkway.”

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Miss Daisy is a Laguna hero-cat staring down this huge rattlesnake

It seems like the snake needs to clean up his act instead of airing his dirty laundry.

Sneaky snakes seem to be on the make

According to police records, there continues to be a steady influx of snakes and they’re seemingly on the make. Laguna Beach, watch out for this profusion of intrusion.

On Sunday, April 21, at 8:25 a.m., at the 30800 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD received a report of a large rattlesnake to the front bush area of the caller’s house. According to police records, the caller was keeping watch on the snake’s tail, noticing its route. The snake was last seen “underneath the flowers to the front left of the house.”

Yikes! Where next?

When a snake comes a knocking, don’t answer!

Later on Sunday, April 21, at 1:19 p.m., at the 28900 block of Top of the World Drive, LBPD received a report of a sneaky snake trying to enter the caller’s house without permission. According to the report, the rattlesnake was inside the house “wedged between the front door and screen.”

The next day, on Monday, April 22, at the same Top of the World residence, at 10:29 a.m., the rattlesnake was reported to be back outside the caller’s front door. 

Then, on Tuesday, April 23, at 9:11 a.m., at the 2400 block of Irvine Cove, a resident called LBPD to report a snake in their house.

PMMC helps partially disentangle juvenile gray whale

On Saturday, April 21, Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC), as a part of the Orange County Large Whale Entanglement Response Team, alongside National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sea World, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and OC Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol, worked to free a juvenile gray whale from monofilament gillnet and line wrapped around its tail and flukes. Significant cuts were made to the gear. However, the mission was called off before completion late Saturday afternoon for visibility and safety concerns. The team attached a small lightweight poly ball to the entanglement for easier re-sight of the whale the next day.

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PMMC helped NOAA and other agencies partially disentangle a juvenile gray whale from gillnet and line wrapped around its tail and flukes

The team dispatched three boats on Sunday to locate the gray, along with the help of various whale watching boats and Orange County Harbor Patrol. Because of the various sightings of the whale on Sunday in multiple locations and after search grids from Dana Point to Newport Beach were conducted, the team was unable to pinpoint an exact location for further disentanglement efforts.

“While this weekend’s outcome didn’t end in a full disentanglement, significant strides and documentation of the type of gear were very successful. The collaboration between all organizations and within the whale watching community was essential in locating and responding to this whale,” said Keith Matassa, PMMC Director of Zoological and Conservation Programs and Orange County Large Whale Entanglement Response Team member. “These events can take days if not weeks. We are not giving up yet.”

Animal Files tangled whale tail

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If you see a whale with an orange PMMC buoy attached to it, call (949) 494-3050

If an animal is re-sighted, and conditional and resources allow, another response may be mounted. If boaters see the whale with an orange PMMC buoy attached to it, please report to 1-877-SOS-WHALE or to PMMC at (949) 494-3050. 

PMMC would like to thank Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari, Dana Wharf, OC Harbor Patrol and Robert Snook for first reporting the whale to NOAA and standing by until the response team could arrive. 

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a part of the Large Whale Entanglement Response Program. Due to the dangerous nature of responding to entangled large whales, PMMC’s responders go through extensive training and many years of apprenticeship to learn the proper techniques and protocols to ensure their safety and that of the animal. These activities are conducted under the authority of permit # 18786-03, a permit held by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program.

-By Suzie Harrison