Saturday, August 27, 2005

Peace for goats

Another animal has surprised scientists by turning up where it was thought to be extinct. The Independent reports that the cease-fire in Kashmir has had benefits for wildlife as well as for people:

The ceasefire between India and Pakistan in Kashmir has produced an unexpected beneficiary - the world's largest goat.

The markhor, a mountain goat that stands almost 6ft tall at the shoulder and can weigh 17 stone, was thought to be extinct in Indian-held Kashmir. But a recent joint survey by Indian wildlife organisations and the Indian army found 35 small herds - 155 goats - thriving near the Line of Control.

There's more info about markhors at the marvellously named


At 6:55 pm, Anonymous J. Del Col (Laura's Dad) said...

I think the Independent needs to fact check the size of the markhor.

According to ultimateungulate, it maxes out at less than four feet at the shoulder.

At 1:43 pm, Blogger Laura Brown said...

I think The Independent probably got confused when converting from metric. A six-foot goat would be pretty scary!

At 3:58 pm, Blogger Samir Bhat said...

I live in Kashmir. Albeit I am into political and economic blogging, I am equally passionate about wildlife and animal rights. I can confirm that the reports are genuine and the cease-fire has actually led to an increase in the number of the Markhor. Additionally another species of deer, the endangered Hangul is also breeding rapidly in the city forests of Srinagar, the beautiful capital of Indian Kashmir


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