Goat

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Behavior
    2.   1.2  Food
    3.   1.3  Farming
    4.   1.4  Habitat
  2.   2.  Speech
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Latin Capra aegagrus hircus
Common Goat
Icon(s) Goat Goat
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1.  Description

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

1.1  Behavior

he behaviour of domestic pigs is more like that of dogs and humans, rather than cattle or sheep. Domestic pigs seek out the company of each other and often huddle to maintain physical contact, although they do not naturally form large herds. If conditions permit, domesticated pigs feed continuously for many hours and then sleep for many hours, in contrast to ruminants which tend to feed for a short time and then sleep for a short time.

1.2  Food

Goats are reputed to be willing to eat almost anything, including tin cans and cardboard boxes. While goats will not actually eat inedible material, they are browsing animals, not grazers like cattle and sheep, and (coupled with their natural curiosity) will chew on and taste just about anything resembling plant matter to decide whether it is good to eat, including cardboard and paper labels from tin cans.

They will seldom consume soiled food or contaminated water unless facing starvation. Goats are particularly sensitive to fermented feeds. Mold in a goat's feed can make it sick and possibly kill it. Goats should not be fed grass showing any signs of mold.

1.3  Farming

Goat-rearing is most often free ranging, since stall-fed goat-rearing involves extensive upkeep. When handled as a group, goats tend to display less clumping behavior than sheep, and when grazing undisturbed, tend to spread across the field or range, rather than feed side-by-side as do sheep.

Goats are generally pastured in summer and may be stabled during the winter. As dairy does are milked daily, they are generally kept close to the milking shed. Their grazing is typically supplemented with hay and concentrates.

Goats may be run in flocks with sheep. This maximizes the production per acre, as goats and sheep prefer different food plants.

Breeding

Goats reach puberty between three and 15 months of age. Does come into estrus (heat) every 21 days for two to 48 hours. Gestation length is approximately 150 days. Twins are the usual result, with single and triplet births also common. Less frequent are litters of quadruplet, quintuplet, and even sextuplet kids.

1.4  Habitat

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.

2.  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.

3.  Uses

  • Goats are extremely curious and intelligent. They are easily trained to pull carts and walk on leads.
  • A goat is useful when it is living and when it is dead, first as a renewable provider of milk, manure, and fiber, and then as meat and hide.
  • Some long-haired goats can produce wool, much like Sheep.
  • Goats were used by humans to clear unwanted vegetation for centuries. They have been described as "eating machines" and "biological control agents."
  • Milk: Doe milk naturally has small, well-emulsified fat globules, which means the cream remains suspended in the milk, instead of rising to the top, as in raw cow milk. If the strong-smelling buck is not separated from the does, his scent will affect the milk.

4.  More

5.  'Souls

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