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The goat (Capra aegragus hircus) is a domesticated member of the Bovidae family, closely related to sheep and wild goats[1].

Goats are used for their milk, meat, hair, and skins[1]. The females are known as does or nannies, the males as bucks or billies, and the young are kids, this being the original meaning of that word[1].

A dom is the gallbladder of a goat, used in the wizarding game of Aingingein. The bezoar, as mentioned by Professor Severus Snape on 2 September, 1991, is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat.

Aberforth Dumbledore was fond of keeping goats for pets (one such goat was Matey, which he kept in his pub in at least 1995), once performing illicit charms upon them and receiving a hearing from the British Ministry of Magic. This caused much libel against him, although he was unperturbed by this; his brother Albus suspected this was because Aberforth couldn't read.

Indeed, Aberforth liked goats so much that his patronus took the form of a goat.

The story Grumble the Grubby Goat featured a goat named Grumble, who attracted flies; this story was a favourite of Aberforth Dumbledore, although his brother Albus disliked it.

Rubeus Hagrid, Gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, possessed a small number of goats, which he kept in the grounds.


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