Rocky, the Grand Champion goat, disappears from Weld County Fair before Junior Livestock Auction

GREELEY, Colo. - Greeley police are looking Rocky, the Grand Champion goat, after he vanished from the Weld County fair.

The owner, 18-year-old David Smith of Niwot, told 7NEWS when he went to take Rocky to auction on Monday, the red-and-white Boer goat was gone.

The family doesn't want to say the goat was stolen. Rocky may just have escaped.

But Rocky is David's favorite among his three trained goats and the Smiths are eager to find him.

David's mom, Julie Smith, says Rocky was special, more red than white -- and cocky about it.

"He had a real presence and kind of attitude," Julie Smith said.

Judges saw it, too. And that's why they named him Grand Champion last week.

David had special plans for the money from the auction. He wanted to give it to the new Temple Grandin Center for Equine-Assisted Therapy at Colorado State University.

David was inspired after doing a report on Temple Grandin.

"She's a very motivational person and wants to help autistic people," David told 7NEWS reporter Jaclyn Allen.

Yet, Rocky's disappearance didn't mean the goat didn't go on auction Monday.

The fair board stepped in and let David show a photo of his goat at the auction. They told bidders the goat was missing in action.

The response? Rocky didn't just sell.

"At the auction an agricultural company purchased the goat for $5,500," Julie Smith said.

That's right, MS Biotec paid more than $5,000 for a missing goat.

"The bidders are bidding higher than market value -- it's just to show support for these kids," Julie Smith said.

Police say they don't have any leads.

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