A basic anatomy lesson from a goat

English: Santa Claus as illustrated in , v. 58...

English: Santa Claus as illustrated in , v. 58, no. 1501 (1905 December 6), cover. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I put aside my musings on local housing issues as I arrived at the home of Monty the goat.

Monty was a strikingly good-looking pet billy.  Apparently he had a rather too striking smell, so the owner, Mr Beasley, wanted him castrated. I thought the aroma not too bad at all but have perhaps been around livestock for too long now.

I proceeded to examine him from head to tail and back again. The ensuing conversation went something like this:

Me: ‘Err, Mr Beasley unless Monty is a bilateral cryptorchid – which is when neither ball has descended – he has already been castrated.’

Mr Beasley: ‘So what are these dangly bits here then?’

Me: ‘Ahh; those are his wattles…’

Silence

Me: ‘… many goats have these fleshy growths hanging from their necks, like turkeys I suppose.’

I looked more closely at Mr Beasley, suddenly interested in the bushy Santa Claus-style beard he wore. What did he hide in there??

 

 

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