Saturday, August 13, 2011

Al Shami goat with a mouthful

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I walked down in the woods across the street and found my neighbor's buck tethered to a small tree for browsing.
(See the leaves in his mouth?)
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This breed is new to me and looks weird.
Apparently the Cyprus (Damascus) Shami goat is popular in the wider Middle East.

Emirates 24/7 News has a video about a recent beauty contest, saying "Jordan hosted the maiden beauty pageant of the famed Al Shami goats that are known for their silky fur and curved nose."
Warning: video shows the long ears cropped.

Four pretty does were browsing freely not far from the buck.
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These four-footed neighbors are for Camera Critters.
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22 comments:

chubskulit said...

Oh wow, love that long hair!
My critter post, have a nice weekend!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Perfect for camera critters. Hard to believe there is so much diversity in goats. The animal kingdom is amazing.

Have a good start to your week.

Jan
GDP

JM said...

It's amazing how goats (and many other animals) can be so different from place to place.

jabblog said...

Very interesting goats - I've never heard of them before.
I strongly disapprove of cropping ears and tails and these goats look so much more attractive with their ears intact.

Cheryl said...

The goat is really gorgeous. Nice critters.

Jilly said...

New to me too. A lovely goat - didn't watch the video... That coat really does look silky. So often a coat like that would be on a light coloured goat - the colour here is so unusual. Sure they take a lot of grooming just like cashmeres do.

Jane said...

He has a funny expression on his face, nice shot of him:)

Carletta said...

He looked a little unusual to me too. He looks like he's wearing a furry stole draped over him. :)
Thanks for sharing him with us.
He has huge eyes as well.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Nice looking goat.

Eki said...

They indeed look beautiful, Dina. We have imported different varieties of goats from some other parts of the world to be bred with the local varieties, but I don't know if we have that kind of goat here.

Are they raised mainly for their fur?

ρομπερτ said...

With a family name able to be translated to 'goat' it was interesting indeed to meet a 'family member'.

Please have a good Sunday.

Dina said...

Eki, I read that Shami goats are good for both milk and meat. My neighbor has a dairy, making goat cheese and yogurt.

Petrea Burchard said...

A handsome dude indeed. Do you know why they crop the ears? I disapprove, too. It's done to dogs here in the states (ears and tails) for show. A terrible abuse; a dog communicates with its tail and chopping it off debilitates the animal. Why would they crop a goat's ears? Are they also used for show?

Anyway! I like your pictures. These goats look healthy and happy.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh I think they're lovely Dina, what a gorgeous face he has in the top picture, even with a mouthful haha! like them better with the long ears.

paula devi said...

Lovely looking goat - never heard of them before. our goats were regular goats and gave us good milk for drinking and cheese making. we had a pinat Chai. My little one learned to milk them when she was 3.
I just looked at the UAE site. why do the ears get clipped? Poor things. I'll never understand the concept behind altering nature by clipping ears, tails, whatever.
Shavuah Tov Dina.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful animals.

Regards!

Kay said...

That's actually quite a lovely creature. The black, long fur is quite pretty.

Elettra said...

It 'a fine specimen !!!!!!!!!!

Birdman said...

looks like he could use a bit of a trim. Thanks for the info. My first guess would not have been a goat.

VP said...

Goats pageants? One can really think the worst of this...

Robin said...

What a wonderful coat he has, are they planning to shear him? (Do you shear goats too, or just sheep I wonder...)

Cassy said...

I love that goat with the a long hair.

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