Capra aegagrus hircus
The goat is one of the smallest domesticated ruminants belonging to the genus Capra. Domestic goats are primarily descended from the Bezoar goat, Capra aegagrus, except for the Angora, Cashmere, and Damascus breeds, which descended from the Markhor, Capra falconeri. Related to the sheep, the goat is lighter of build, has horns that arch backward, a short tail, and straighter hair. Male goats usually have a beard. In some countries, domestic goat is primarily a milk producer with a large portion of goat milk being used to make cheese. Generally, goats are very sociable, lively, inquisitive, and independent animals. They are intelligent and quick learners as well. Their natural curiosity led them to investigate surrounding things by sniffing and nibbling. Goats can climb, run, and crawl. They cannot be herded the same as sheep. If given a chance they can return to feral or wild conditions.
Wild goats (Capran aegagrus) in some countries are under strong conservation pressure due to hunting and habitat loss. Domesticated goats do not have any significant threats to their survival. Share the story of this species with others. Simple awareness can make a big change to contribute to its overall protection.