Photos of strange-looking goats


Not sure why these goats are part of "The Most Beautiful Goat" competition in Riyadh. Maybe I'm simply a poor judge of goat beauty. Link (via wtbw)



  1. I have been responsible for feeding goats in the past. I believe that this gives me at least a small base of knowledge in the field of goat aesthetics.

    Those are some of the ugliest damn goats I’ve ever seen.

  2. When I say prarie, think desert…

    ‘Nights are long, oh, so long on the prarie
    ‘gotta find me somebody to love…’

  3. #3 – Yes, I look ed it up too. Damascene goat, or Maaz Al Shami… nothing. I was fully expecting a Wikipedia entry that read “when goats are born in Damascene, they are immediately whacked in the face with a 2×4.”

  4. Not only is there no Wikipedia article, but nearly every reference that comes up on a quick Google of either “damascene goat(s)” or “maaz al shami” (the alleged Arabic name for the species) is related to this exact same set of Reuters photos.

    Can someone out there give us a correct spelling, or an actual species designation, or maybe an explanation of what sort of goat deformities we’re looking at here? It looks like the ears are probably cropped into that shape, but there’s still something deeply wrong about the fronts of their heads . . .

  5. I don’t know what Google you guys are using, but when I punch in “Damascene” (but not with goat) I get “resident of Damascus” and when I type “Damascus goat” it connects to the Shami goat. Like Damascus, Shami is a region of the middle east but it may also be the breed name you seek.

    There is no Wikipedia article for Shami goat, but lots of scientific papers pop with titles like “Occurrence of congenital anomalies in Shami breed goats: 211 cases investigated in 19 herds”.

    You may now bask in the knowledge that the Internet is not broken after all.

  6. an old republican/arab (Houses of Bush and Saud) proverb:

    “for heirs, a girl, for pleasure, a boy, for paradise, a goat”

  7. Those goats aren’t cute in the traditional sense, but they definitely made me sit up and take note!

  8. What no wikipedia article on “Damascene goats”?!?

    Now if only you could edit wikipedia and write your own articles. Naaaaaa….

  9. I’m no judge of goat beauty either, but I think those goats look fucked up…

    …but maybe that’s the point, I don’t know.

  10. No one noted that this was from ‘ ISRAEL WITHOUT IFS OR BUTS’?

  11. y nt-lbrls mk m sck!

    jst lk hmns. t s nt th tsd wht mttrs… t s th nsd.

    ths gts tst ffn GRT

  12. I once punched a goat, I believe that this gives me at least a small base of knowledge in the field of goat aesthetics.

    Looks like someone punched that goat. Damn.

  13. I don’t know whats the big deal
    in the US they have “The Most Beautiful Pig” competitions all the time

    and yes, that goat… one ugly spawn of satan

  14. a little respect for goats? hmmm? They give milk and meat,they thrive anywhere… we need them more than they need us

  15. This is a pictureof what is known as a Roman Goat – because of the nose. It is a breed, primarily for meat.

    A Damascus Goat is a milk goat, originating in Lebanon, but is found throughout most of the Sinai Peninsular as far as Cairo – possibly further through importation.

    Both breeds are popular in desert climates.

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