Horns edged in front, rounded posteriorly.

C. Hircus, Desm. Mammal, p. 482. Flem. Brit. An. p. 25. Domestic Goat, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. i. p. 35. pi. 3. Shaw, Gen. Zool. vol. II. p. 369. pi. 199.

Description

Subject to less variation than the Sheep. Usual colour black, white, or pied; occasionally brown, approaching more or less to a tawny red: horns in the male, in some instances upwards of three feet long; in the female much smaller, or wanting altogether: tail about seven inches in length ; often black.

Ranges in a state of liberty on the mountains of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and is often domesticated ; but it is doubtful whether it be indigenous. Supposed to be derived either from the C. Ibex, Linn, or the C. Aegagrus, Gmel., the former of which species is found wild on the Alps of Europe, the latter on the mountains, of Persia. Goes with young five months.