Saturday, February 9, 2008

Cashmere Goats in India Face Starvation

More than a hundred thousand Himalayan goats faced starvation after their desert habitat was blanketed with snow that also killed three people, Indian officials said this week.

The animals are known for producing prized pashmina wool and cashmere.

The government was trying to get emergency supplies to the area as winter stocks of fodder ran out after the rare snows—from the region's worst storms in three decades—covered pastures in India's remote Ladakh region (see photos) near the border with China, said Tsering Phuntsog, chief animal husbandry officer in the region.

"There is a strong possibility that many goats might perish if supplies don't reach them immediately," he said.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that is horrible i hape we can help them