goats are a unique breed of feral goats that
are believed to have lived in one herd on Bilberry Rock in Waterford City in the south of Ireland for
hundreds of years. They are large, with shaggy coats and very large horns.
goats are not like any other breed of goat found in Ireland or Great Britain,
the Bilberry herd is thought to be related to Pashmina, Maltese or Cashmere
goats. Locals believe they came over with the Huguenots from France over 300
years ago and have lived on Bilberry Rock ever since.
Unfortunately they are close to
extinction: there were only 21 in 2005. Luckily a local charitable society of
volunteers, The Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust was set up in 2000 to care for the
animals. The herd continues to recover.