Today I decided to do a study on the "Mountain Goat". I am doing this study because I have decided that it would be an interesting subject for everyone. So here are the facts I have found..
The beginning of a Mountain Goat’s life...The Beginning life of a Mountain Goat...
The baby goats (called "Kids"), are born during the spring time (late May or early June). After a six month gestation period, the mother goat (called “Nanny”) gives birth, usually to one kid. After going to an isolated ledge, they lick the kid till they are dry, and eat the placenta. The kids weigh a little over 7 lb after they have been born. They begin to climb and run (or try to do so) within a few hours. Within one month the Nannies have weaned the kids, and the kids follow their mothers closely for the first year of their life (or until the nanny gives birth again), and if this does not happen on the next breeding season, the nannies will protect their young. (By leading them out of danger, standing over them when faced by predators, and positioning themselves below their kids on steep slopes to stop free falls). In thirty months they are considered adults.
The appearance and characteristics...
The male and female mountain goats have beards, short tails, and also long black horns from 15-28 cm in length, which grow rings every year. They are protected from the cold with their two woolly white coats. The fine, thick wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of long, hollow hairs. In warmer seasons, the mountain goats shed by rubbing against rocks and trees. The adult males (Billies) shed their extra wool first, and the pregnant nannies shed last of all the goats. In the winter, their coats help them to keep warm, and to withstand temperatures as low as -50 Fahrenheit, and winds of up to 100 mph! A Billy stands (3'3") at the shoulder. The billies have longer horns and a longer beard than nannies. Mountain goats typically weigh between 45 to 300 lb. The Females are usually 10 to 30% lighter than the Billies. The mountain goat's feet are made for climbing steep. They can climb rocky slopes, even sometimes with temperatures of 60 degrees or more, their inner pads will provide traction. Dewclaws on the bottom of their feet also help to keep them from slipping.
1. The mountain goats live in North America (in the inhabitants of the Rocky Mountains and also Cascade Mountains).
2. You will usually find them in northern
Washington, Idaho, Montana, and also Alaska.
3. They also live in Canada providences British Columbia, and Alberta.
4. Mountain goats are the largest mammals found in high-altitude habitats. They can reach elevations of 3,000 meters, or even more. Sometimes they will go down to sea level (in coastal areas), they will primarily stay up in the alpine and sub alpine area. The goats will usually stay above the tree line on the mountains, but they will seasonally move to higher or lower elevations within that range. In the summertime the Mountain Goats will move to a low-elevation area. As they find mineral licks, they will end up descending through forested areas. They stay together while traveling.
This is another amazing animal that Yahweh has made. I hope you all enjoyed the study, and learned some things from it. Also feel free to comment on this study! Notice that I am mostly available during 5:00 pm CT to 8:00 pm CT. I hope you have had a nice day!
P.S. Some information in these studies are taken from Encyclopedias and other references.
Genesis 1:25 And Elohim made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after his kind: and Elohim saw that it was good.
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