15 September 2017 - FACTS ABOUT GOATS


G'day folk,

Here are a few things you may not have known about these creatures. I've owned two of them and I like them because they can clean up vast areas of things like unruly blackberries.

The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. The goat is a member of the family Bovidae and is closely related to the sheep as both are in the goat-antelope subfamily Caprinae.

Scientific name: Capra aegagrus hircus

Gestation period: 150 days

Lifespan: 15 – 18 years

Mass: 20 – 140 kg (Adult)

Height: 41 – 58 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)

  • Goats are social animals, however unlike sheep, who they are closely related to, they are not flock-orientated.
  • Goats communicate with each other by bleating. Mothers will often call to their young (kids) to ensure they stay close-by. Mother and kid goats recognise each other’s calls soon after the mothers give birth.
  • Kids can follow their mothers almost immediately after being born. They are very close to their mothers and are weaned after around 6 months.
  • Goats are very intelligent and curious animals. Their inquisitive nature is exemplified in their constant desire to explore and investigate anything unfamiliar which they come across.
  • Goats have excellent coordination. They have great balance and are thus able to survive in precarious areas such as steep mountains. They can even climb trees and some species can jump over 5 feet high.

Clancy's comment: Amazing animals, and their young are very cute. My two goats always found the highest point to stand; no matter how high it was.

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