Goats & Ghouls

Obviously it's not a black goat, but it's kind of intensely scary.
Obviously it’s not a black goat, but it’s kind of intensely scary.

This fits the description of a "wild-eyed look".
This fits the description of a “wild-eyed look”.

Goats have unfairly been assigned an association with the occult, and perhaps that impression grows more intense during the month of October. They do sometimes have very scary eyes, and the horns can cause injury, but goats – along with sheep – were among the earliest domesticated animals. Usually a visit to the State Fair of Virginia is required to observe some impressive goats, but in this case these goats were on display during the last Music in the Park event at Forest Hill Park in south Richmond, VA. Breed information was certainly available for the asking, but the photographer didn’t ask. A reasonable guess based on its large size, coloration and calm disposition is that this breed is Saanen, a dairy goat that originated in Switzerland.

In truth, this boy/girl buck/doe (no attempt was made to determine gender - it really didn't matter) is actually a real sweetheart, patiently and passively submitting to lots of petting from the kids. No pun intended.
In truth, this boy/girl buck/doe (no attempt was made to determine gender – it really didn’t matter) is actually a real sweetheart, patiently and passively submitting to lots of petting from the kids. No pun intended.

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