It was an attempt to make up for an unsuccessful raid a week earlier, when a clumsy group of cadets trying to grab one of the current mascots mistakenly grabbed a retired Bill with arthritis with only one Horn, according to two cadets who said they helped carry out the last goat. …
The two cadets declined to give their names, saying they would be punished if their names became public, but they provided photos and video evidence of the second robbery.
Planning began months ago, they said, when a group of army cadets in navy shirts tracked a navy goat trailer from a soccer game to an unknown goat pen, changing vehicles regularly to avoid detection.
The cadets said they staged a strike on Sunday after Thanksgiving, a date close to the annual Army-Navy soccer game, to help drive the student masses in frenzy, but at the end of the holiday weekend. when the fleet can let its guard down.
According to the cadets, two teams approached the target at about midnight. Through surveillance, they learned about the goats’ favorite snacks. Covertly, ingeniously and generously handing out whole peanuts and mints, they silently led the goats over the fence to the gathering place, where a van was waiting for them.
In many of the board planning sessions prior to the mission, goat safety has always been a no-priority. 1, – said the cadets. To this end, the goats were constantly monitored, and the team mapped the locations of several large animal veterinarians on their route north to West Point just in case.
Before dawn, the cadets said, a strike team slipped into West Point through an unguarded gate, tied up goats in the center of the campus, and told West Point authorities by phone with a searchlight that the mission had been completed.