Winter Goat 2012

After poring over several thousand copies of the eight goat pictures I received, I have settled upon four candidates that have earned the right to claim the title “Winter Goat, 2012”! Those images, submitted by readers of this blog, are presented below:

A picture of a goat.
Dorvi #1 (Photo by Hrakkar)
Another picture of a goat.
Dorvi #2 (Photo by Hrakkar)
Yet another picture of a goat.
Dorvi #3 (Photo by Hrakkar)
And one last picture of a goat or goat-shaped ornament.
Dorvi #4 (Photo by Qvaak)

(Note: The live goat pictures from above come from the Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno, Nevada. Stop in if you get the chance!)

There it is: The full line-up for Winter Goat, 2012! To cast your vote, leave a comment below. I was going to set up a really cool poll and use that for voting, but I give up. I’ll get it to work later, lousy edavrasakh

In other news around the conlanging world, an article was published in The New Yorker today on my good friend John Quijada, the creator of Ithkuil. I got to hear this story as it unfolded over the course of the past few years, and I think this is a pretty good summation. I definitely recommend it.

In the article it’s mentioned that “Dothraki is now heard by more people each week than Yiddish, Navajo, Inuit, Basque, and Welsh combined”, as if this meant anything one way or another. On this, I’ll only say that Inuit is not the name of a language, though if you ever want to look at a wonderfully fascinating language, I recommend Inuvialuktun (I’ve got a grammar of it that I did not steal from the UCSD library [I returned that copy (eventually)]).

Fonas chek!


  1. I don’t know if it is fair for me to vote, seeing the goats in the first three images are neighbors…

    Nevertheless, I think the very first picture (the almost white goat) is the best candidate for ‘winter goat’. Most of our petting zoo animals don’t have names, but I’ll ask if that one does have a name.

    Back in 2004, we had a really incredible snowstorm hit us on New Years’ eve. By the time I got up, the snow was already so deep I couldn’t get my truck out of my yard. So, being stranded at home, I walked over to the zoo, and helped with chores (they were shorthanded, too). When we were working in the Blackbuck antelope pen (A species we no longer hold :( ), we found a baby blackbuck, born the previous night. No one even suspected that mom was pregnant. We named that fawn ‘Winter’. We eventually traded Winter for some other animal.

  2. It’s such a pitty I couldn’t send you some goats from Argentina! Will do next time!

    My vote will have to go to Dorvi #3 :) even if it looks kind of like a sheep, hehe.

  3. You asked for it, so here it is! Our zoo’s assistant manager was pleasantly surprised to find several of our dorvi pictured in your blog (she and her husband are big GoT fans). Dorvi #1 is named ‘Caspian’. Dorvi #2 is named ‘Jasper’. Dorvi #3 is actually a sheep species (Jacob’s sheep) and is named ‘Molly’. Sheep and goats are closely related ungulates and are easily confused with each other. All three of these ‘goats’ are hand-tame and are part of our petting zoo.

    1. This reminds me, zhey hrakkar! What’s the name of your zoo, and does it have a website? I’d like to add it to this post so folks can know where the pictures came from.

      And Molly is a sheep! Oh no! Do you think that disqualifies her from being Winter Goat…? If so, that’s too bad, since that was my pick. Oh well. I love those names! If I’m back in Reno again, I’d love to visit them.

  4. The zoo is called ‘Sierra Safari Zoo and the website is

    I don’t think Molly should be disqualified, if you picked here. Its your call (but she does look like a sheep).

    There are far bigger ‘problems’. Too many people come into the zoo, point at a lion, and call it a tiger :( Apparently, they read all the wrong books growing up ;)

  5. Our tiger, Nikolai is usually in the back half of the front-and-back enclosure where the liger is. Considering the time of year you visited, there is a good chance Nick was in his house and that is why you didn’t see him. (And I didn’t get him to come out for you? He usually comes out for the keepers.) Here is a picture of Nickolai Nikolai tiger

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