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C. aegagrus hircus
trituration of the substance
Animalia; Chordata / Vertebrata - Vertebrates; Mammalia - Mammals; Artiodactyla - Even-toed Ungulates; Bovidae
Yvonne Lassauw & Kees Dam
Rajan Sankaran 1994
Description of the substance
Pure-white goat's milk compares favourably with cow's milk in flavour and keeping qualities under sanitary conditions. It has certain characteristics differing from cow's milk that make it more easily digested by infants, invalids, and persons with allergies.
Goat flesh is edible, that from young kids being quite tender and more delicate in flavour than lamb, which it resembles. Goat flesh is much prized in the Mediterranean countries, particularly in Spain, Italy, the south of France, and Greece. The Angora and Cashmere breeds are famous for their fine wool or mohair.
Domesticated goats are descended from the pasang (Capra aegagrus), which is probably native to Asia, the earliest records being Persian. In China, Great Britain, Europe, and North America the domestic goat is primarily a milk producer, with a large portion of the milk being used to make cheese. For large-scale milk production, goats are inferior to cattle in the temperate zone but superior in the torrid and frigid zones. Goat flesh is edible, that from young kids being quite tender and more delicate in flavour than lamb, which it resembles. Some breeds, notably the Angora and Cashmere, are raised for their wool (see also wool; cashmere; Angora goat); young goats are the source of kid leather.
The mammalian order Artiodactyla, or even-toed ungulates, includes the pigs, peccaries, hippopotamuses, camels, chevrotains, deer, giraffes, pronghorn, antelopes, sheep, goats, and cattle. It is one of the larger mammal orders, containing about 150 species, a total that may be somewhat reduced with continuing revision of their classification. Many artiodactyls are well-known to man, and the order as a whole is of more economic and cultural importance than any other group of mammals.
The goat, CAPRA HIRCUS, is a hoofed animal belonging to the bovine family [Bovidae] and closely related to the sheep. The goat differs from the sheep with regard to its horns, which are shaped differently, its beard and a small gland under the male's tail, which spreads a pungent and characteristic odour.
The wild goat is also called the bezoar goat, because of the stony concretion found in the stomachs of goats, antelopes, llamas, etc., which formerly was thought to be an antidote against all poisons.
Wild goats live in dry, rocky regions with little water; unlike the ibex, another member of the Capra species, they are not marked mountain dwellers. They can, however, climb to great heights. They are agile and active animals; in the morning and evening, they forage for food, and at night they rest. The sexes live apart in herds of 10 to 30; later in the spring the size of the herd increases. The rutting period is in November; the males then challenge each other in forming and keeping harems.
The domesticated goat and the wild goat are very closely related. Some specialists consider all goats, including the ibex, as belonging to one species.
Although generally esteemed, goats are still considered the most ‘destructive' and therefore the most dangerous pets. They eat grass to the very roots and often the roots themselves, while loosening the topsoil and making it easy for this layer of soil to be blown or washed away. They sometimes even climb trees and eat the bark and the leaves. Just as they had to adjust to the dangers of the desert in order to survive in the wild, as domesticated animals they tend to overexploit their surroundings and change them into a desert. In this way, habitat and animal are linked inseparably. The well-known unruly behaviour of goats, particularly the bucks, is reflected in the word capricious, which is derived from Capra, goat.