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Wild Goats, September, Scotland.

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Wild Goats
(Capra domesticus)

Goats first came to Britain with Stone Age farmers, and there have been herds of feral (once domesticated - now wild) goats in mountainous areas for well over 1000 years. They browse on shrubs such as gorse and heather, and will also eat leaves and shoots from trees. Sometimes stretching up to a tasty branch by standing on their hind legs.

Sure-footed and agile, goats keep to high, rocky mountainsides or cliff tops, descending in winter to grassy valleys in search of food. Females tend to keep to one place whereas males will range over many square miles. It's a hard life to be born into and although kids are too large for most predators many die of exposure. Adults are more able to withstand damp and drizzle, and often live for five years.




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