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West Point cadets kidnap bad goat in an attempt to steal Navy mascot


The West Point cadets made a huge mistake heading into the Army-Navy football game next month.

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The Army prepares to slam the ball against the Navy during the Army-Navy match on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Cadets from the US Military Academy visited a farm near Annapolis, Md., The home of Navy mascot Bill last weekend. Since there were a lot of goats of the same name, the cadets grabbed the Navy mascot Bill No. 34, a 14-year-old retiree with one horn, instead of Bill No. 37, the New York Times reported.

On Monday, Bill 34 was cleared and deemed healthy by a veterinarian.

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West Point cadets kidnap bad goat in an attempt to steal Navy mascot

Midshipmen march ahead of an NCAA college football game against the Army on December 14 in Philadelphia. An investigation by the two duty academies into the hand gestures displayed by West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen who were captured on national television concluded that the signs were not meant to be racist . (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

“The United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are disappointed with the trust that has been broken recently between our brothers and sisters in arms. These actions do not reflect the core values ​​of dignity and respect for one or the other. ‘other of those academies,’ Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and Vice Admiral Sean Buck said in a statement Monday evening.

Taking on each other’s mascots was once a long-standing tradition and still seen as a farce, but it had been banned since the early 1990s. In 2018, military officials apologized to the Air Force. Force Academy after a hawk was injured in a prank.

West Point cadets kidnap bad goat in an attempt to steal Navy mascot

Army Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken waves a flag in the locker room after defeating the Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff / Getty Images)

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According to the Times, Army has taken on a Bill mascot at least 10 times over the past 70 years.

The Army-Navy match is scheduled for December 11.

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