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Hm! good enough to eat ...

By Humblebee
Taken last year at the spectacular Cheddar Gorge, this is one of a flock of ancient British Primitive Goats.

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... Cheddar's goats are rather unusual, too. The herd was relocated by the British Feral Goat Research Group, a group of enthusiasts who make a hobby of studying free-ranging goats. The move saved the animals from sentence of death at their old home, where they were playing havoc with newly planted trees.

Durham ecologist Dr Shirley Goodyer is a group member. She says there are many herds of feral goats across Britain, but she believes that at least some of these "outlaws" are goat nobility. "Our interest is in what we've named the British Primitive Goat," she says. "It is the original and only unimproved variety of the British Isles. All our other breeds are based on comparatively recent imports.

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Tags: Somerset Flowers and plants Goats Cheddar gorge Wildlife and nature

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 11:43AM
A wonderful and quite informative pre-narrative supported by this rather endearing image, and one which will I am sure appeal to many.

Regards Nathan

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Tibetan 6 3 England
5 Oct 2012 1:37PM
He certainly looks as if he means to sample it! nice one I like goats! great inquisitive creatures nice one! regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
5 Oct 2012 4:19PM
Ha ha! Very nice photo!Smile
Regards Valery
Wendyp 5 England
5 Oct 2012 4:20PM
Nice one Carol, I am glad it is not in your garden. WinkSmileSmileSmileSmile

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
5 Oct 2012 4:38PM
I remember these as stars on an episode of Countryfile. They were located there for an environmental control (which I can't remember!). This one's got a lovely colouring.

paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:57PM
Good spot.

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