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Author Weaver, Sue, author

Title The goat : a natural and cultural history / Sue Weaver
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press ; London : Ivy Press, 2020
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introducing the Goat -- CHAPTER 1 Domestication -- Goat Taxonomy -- Goats Come in from the Wild -- Dispersal Throughout the World -- Feral Goats -- CHAPTER 2 Anatomy & Biology -- Anatomy of a Goat -- The Life Cycle of a Goat -- The Skeleton -- The Ruminant Digestive System -- Lips & Teeth -- The Five Senses -- Hooves -- Horns -- Wattles -- The Mammary System -- The Inheritance of Traits -- Colors & Markings -- Sheep versus Goats -- Myotonic Goats -- Dwarfism in Goats -- CHAPTER 3 Society & Behavior -- The Goat Lifestyle -- Hierarchy -- Bucks -- Does -- Early Life -- Vocalization -- Are Goats Smart? -- CHAPTER 4 Goat Management -- Caring for Hooves -- Kidding -- Common Health Issues -- An Unlikely Predator -- Goats Behaving Badly -- Handling & Training Goats -- Goat Play -- CHAPTER 5 Goats & People -- Goats for Milk -- Goats for Meat -- Goats for Fiber -- Goats for Brush Control -- Packgoats -- Harness Goats -- Goats in Mythology & Folklore -- The Sacrificial Goat -- Military Mascots -- Goats & Musical Instruments -- Goats in Popular Culture -- Goat Quotes & Proverbs -- CHAPTER 6 A Directory of Goat Breeds -- How Breeds Evolve -- The Directory -- Appendices -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Biographies & Acknowledgments -- Index -- Picture Credits
Summary A richly illustrated introduction to the goat--from livestock to beloved petIt may come as no surprise that goats are highly intelligent. They are also curious, gentle, independent, social, and full of character. They can be taught to respond to their own name and will carefully avoid puddles since they hate to get wet. Among the first domesticated animals, goats are increasingly appreciated today as pets and for their adaptability to a wide variety of environmental conditions. The Goat is a comprehensive, illustrated exploration of the natural and cultural history of this important animal. With engaging text, infographics, and diagrams, and some 250 beautiful color photographs, the book offers a wealth of information and insights about the goat's distinctive biology and place in human culture, from ancient times to today. Chapters on Domestication, Anatomy & Biology, Society & Behavior, Goat Management, and Goats & People are followed by a visually stunning photographic directory to forty-eight popular breeds, with information about each. The Goat will enchant anyone with an interest in, or a love for, these animals.Provides a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to the natural and cultural history of the goatFeatures clear and engaging text plus infographics, diagrams, and some 250 stunning color photographsIncludes chapters on Domestication, Anatomy & Biology, Society & Behavior, Goat Management, and Goats & People, as well as a photographic directory to forty-eight popular breeds
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 06, 2020)
Subject Goats -- Social aspects
NATURE / Animals / Mammals
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691208522