Goat

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  1.   1.  Speech
  2.   2.  Uses
  3.   3.  Types
    1.   3.1  Goat
  4.   4.  Additional Resources
    1.   4.1  Icons
  5.   5.  Sources

Goats were domesticated by humanity; they are likely to have fled into the wild, reestablishing themselves in 'Souls territories. Life expectancy for goats is between 15 and 18 years.

Most goats naturally have two horns, of various shapes and sizes depending on the breed. Goats have horizontal, slit-shaped pupils. Because goats' irises are usually pale, their contrasting pupils are much more noticeable than in animals such as cattle, deer, most horses and many sheep, whose similarly horizontal pupils blend into a dark iris and sclera.

Top Speed: 10mph / 17km per hour

1.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci. This creature is listed as having the ability to learn some limited comprehension of high speech, but generally will never be able to speak it.


2.  Uses

  • Food: --
    • Meat: Goat meat has been described as having a savory, strong, gamey flavor that is a little sweeter than lamb but less-so than beef. Depending on the size of the goat, a carcass could yield up to (18 kg) 40 lb of lean meat.
    • Milk: On average, a doe in her prime will produce about 2.7 kg - 3.6 kg (6 - 8 lb) of milk a day over a 305-day lactation period. If milked continuously, a doe may continue to give milk past 305 days without having been bred, but the amount produced at each milking gradually decreases closer to the natural end of her lactation cycle.
      • Cheese: --
  • By-Products:
    • Pelts and hides: As with any animal, hides and pelts can be made from goats.
      • Goatskin: Tanned goatskin can be used in the development of a number of things, including leather and parchment.
    • Fiber: The fibers of some longer-haired goats can be trimmed from the animal and spun into yarn
    • Intestines: The intestines of goats have traditionally been used to make catgut.
    • Horns and Bones: Goat horns, which are hollow, can be used as vessels, containers, or tools while bones can be used to make fishing hooks, needles, tools, and ornamentals.
    • Glue: Made from boiling connective tissues (skin, tendons, bones, hooves, etc.). Animal glue has a number of uses ranging from adhering items together to preserving hairstyles.
    • Manure: Manure can be composted into fertilizer but, historically, was used for fuel.
  • Companionship: --
    • Labor: Goats can be trained to pull carts (maximum load of 2x their body weight) and/or carry packs (maximum load of 25% their body weight).


3.  Types

3.1  Goat

Domestic Goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)

Useful Information
  • Terminology: Buck or Billy (adult intact male), Buckling (juvenile intact male), Wether (castrated male), Doe or Nanny (adult intact female), Doeling (juvenile intact female), Kid (young of either sex).
  • Description: --
  • Behavior: Life expectancy varies wildly depending on a number of factors. Due to the stresses of rutting, bucks typically average between 8-10 years while breeding does generally average between 11-12 years, usually dying as a result of complications relating to pregnancy or kidding. Wethers and does retired from breeding can live between 11-18 years.
    • Noises: --
    • Predation: --
  • Food: Goats are herbivores and rely on browsing behaviors to fulfill their nutritional needs. They seem to prefer forage that other ruminants tend to leave behind, and will even tolerate plants that are toxic to other livestock. Goats will feed on weeds, vines, shrubs, mosses, leaves, and bark before they will eat grass, making them more like deer in this regard than sheep or cows. Because of their unique and varied diet, goats do better if they are allowed to browse naturally on their own than when they're kept in a stall and fed the same fodder material as other ruminants.
  • Habitat: --
    • 'Souls Range: Virtually everywhere. Concentrated areas include Western Tangles, especially in the coastal areas. They are one of the few herbivores to make their way north into the Ashes and Ashes territories, though not in any great number. Similarly, Halifax and Saint John support small goat populations, as goats are able to survive on the meager fodder found in these areas.
Quick Facts
  • Lifespan: 8-18 years
  • Activity Pattern: Diurnal
  • Social Structure: Same-sex herds
  • Breeding Season: October-November
  • Birthing Season: March-April
  • Gestation: 150 days
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4.  Additional Resources

4.1  Icons

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5.  Sources


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