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Horned Goat, or Markhur Capra falconeri

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The horned goat is a cloven-hoofed animal from the genus of mountain goats. The habitat of this animal is the steep slopes of gorges, cliffs and cliffs at an altitude of 500 to 3,500 meters in the mountains of North-West India, East Pakistan and Afghanistan. Horned goats feed on grassy vegetation, leaves and shoots of shrubs.

The name of this species comes from the shape of the horns, twisting like a corkscrew or screw. The horns of males reach a length of 1.5 meters or more, and females grow only up to 20-30 cm. The males have a large beard, a suspension on the neck and chest, especially lush and long in winter.

They live in captivity up to 10-12 years. They are the ancestor of some breeds of domestic goats. For most of the year, adult males and females are kept separate in small groups of 3-5 goals. In the fall during the rut and in winter they form mixed herds of up to 20-30 heads. The kids, one or two, are born at the end of April - May and from the second day of life they have been accompanying their mother everywhere.

Hunting of the goat is prohibited everywhere, as it is listed in the International Red Book.

Habitat

Horned Goat, or Markhur (Capra falconeri) inhabits the steep slopes of gorges, cliffs and cliffs at an altitude of 500 to 3500 meters.

This species got its name because of the shape of the horns that twist like a corkscrew or screw and reach a length of 1.5 m. which becomes especially strong during the mating season. The hairline of these animals consists of long and coarse outer hair and a well-developed thick undercoat; on the chin, lower part of the neck and chest, the hair is especially long.

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