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Ever wonder where cashmere comes from? One of the oldest domesticated species — goats — are raised for their hair, milk, meat, and skin.

These curious animals graze on plants, but they will nibble on almost anything — and digest it all with a 4-chambered stomach. Find out more about the various species!

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GOat Sheep GOat

GOat Sheep GOat

Having trouble telling goats and sheep apart? This entertaining (and silly) video — filmed in the Rocky Mountains at Banff National Park in Canada — will clear up the confusion. More...

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Parks Canada
Animal Structure and Function: The Digestive System

Animal Structure and Function: The Digestive System

Cows, sheep, goats, and deer are ruminants that eat and digest cellulose from plants. They have 4 stomach compartments that turn grass into milk, meat, and wool. Discover how this digestive system works. More...

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The University of Waikato
How It’s Made: Goat Cheese

How It’s Made: Goat Cheese

Around the age of 18 months, goats begin producing milk that can be used for cheese. Watch how milk changes into cheese with help from bacterial cultures, rennet, and fermentation. Mmm, cheese. More...

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Science Channel
Super Silk Gene Goats

Super Silk Gene Goats

These goats have one spider silk gene in their genetic makeup. Watch to see how the gene gets inside the goat, and why this silk protein is so valuable. More...

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Science Channel
Animal Corner: Goat Quiz

Animal Corner: Goat Quiz

From diet to domestication, this quiz will put your goat knowledge to the test. No kidding! More...

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Animal Corner
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Domestic Goat: Capra hircus

Domestic Goat: Capra hircus

Did you know that wild goats were likely domesticated about 10,000 to 11,000 years ago? Find out fun facts about goat history, ecology and conservation. More...

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Encyclopedia of Life
Drug Made In Milk of Altered Goats Is Approved

Drug Made In Milk of Altered Goats Is Approved

How do goats assist doctors and patients during surgery? Discover the medical importance of goat's milk. More...

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Washington Post
Fainting Goats

Fainting Goats

Ever heard of fainting goats? Well, they don't really lose consciousness. Due to a medical condition, the muscles of this rare breed become tense when startled, causing them to fall down. Find out why some people encourage their “fainting” spells. More...

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North America: Baby Mountain Goat Braves Rapids

North America: Baby Mountain Goat Braves Rapids

Watch wild mountain goats cross dangerous rapids. The nanny leads her family across, but the youngest kid lags behind. Will this young goat find the courage to face the raging waters? More...

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Discovery
Rocky Mountain Goat

Rocky Mountain Goat

Is the Rocky Mountain goat a true goat? Find out how this goat-antelope can climb and leap on extremely steep mountain sides and icy cliffs. More...

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