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Goats and people

Goats were first domesticated in the Middle East about 10,000 years ago.

Here's looking at you

The pupil in a goat's eye is rectangular in shape instead of being round.

Who's who

Male: buck or billy
Female: doe or nanny
Young male or female: kid

Wild cousins

Goats are in the Bovidae family, which includes gazelles, antelopes, buffaloes, and ibexes, as well as sheep and cows. At the National Zoo, you can see dama gazelles and scimitar-horned oryx.