"And if that looking glass gets broke, Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat ..."
Goats are one of the oldest domesticated species of animal. Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, males are called bucks or billies, and juvenile goats of both sexes are called kids. While the words hircine and caprine both refer to anything having a goat-like quality, hircine is used most often to emphasize the distinct smell of domestic goats. It is so distinctive that the mineral bromine is named from the Greek word "brόmos", which means "stench of he-goats". Today, you can see goats helping with weed abatement for fire control as well as amongst the trendy as assistants for "goat yoga" in which obliging baby goats will jump on your back as you assume classic poses. 🐐
There are festivals for goat enthusiasts held around the world, many in September.
While the words "hircine" and "caprine" both refer to anything having a goat-like quality, "hircine" is used most often to emphasize the distinct smell of domestic goats.
Goats are reputed to be willing to eat almost anything, including tin cans and cardboard boxes. While goats will not actually eat inedible material, they are browsing animals, not grazers like cattle and sheep, and (coupled with their highly curious nature) will chew on and taste just about anything remotely resembling plant matter to decide whether it is good to eat.
Goats have been used by humans to clear unwanted vegetation for centuries. There has been a resurgence of this in North America since 1990, when herds were used to clear dry brush from California hillsides thought to be endangered by potential wildfires. This practice has also become popular in the Pacific Northwest, where they are used to remove invasive species not easily removed by humans, including (thorned) blackberry vines and poison oak.
Originally designed for a sash to be awarded to the Best Exhibit All Breeds Dairy Goats in the Gunnedah Show , New South Wales, this tartan is now intended to be used for similars awards at any State shows. Mixed threads are used in the design (Brown mixed with White and Black mixed with White).
Goats figure in the well-known folk tale, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." For various retellings of this story from Norway, Poland, and Germany, click the goats!