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Mideast in Pictures: A monster animal in looks, a good goat for milk and meat
Published: Mar 02, 2021 09:04 AM
In appearance, it is one of the "ugliest" animals living on earth, but in essence, it is a good producer of goat milk and meat popular among Syrian farmers.

Called "Damascus goat," this special breed of goat has been a highly-recommended farm animal by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Many farmers in the countryside of Syrian capital Damascus revived raising the weird-looking goats to make a living as peace has returned after years of war and violence in Syria.

Two Syrian shepherds show the weird-looking Damascus goats, described as one of the ugliest animals on earth, at a farm in the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)

Two Syrian shepherds show the weird-looking Damascus goats, described as one of the "ugliest" animals on earth, at a farm in the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)


 
A Syrian shepherd holds the head of a Damascus goat, described as one of the ugliest animals on earth, at a farm in the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)

A Syrian shepherd holds the head of a Damascus goat, described as one of the "ugliest" animals on earth, at a farm in the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)


 
A Syrian shepherd feeds his goats at a farm in the countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)

A Syrian shepherd feeds his goats at a farm in the countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)


 
A Syrian shepherd takes care of his goats at a farm in the countryside of Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

A Syrian shepherd takes care of his goats at a farm in the countryside of Syrian capital of Damascus, on Feb. 28, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)


 
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