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Goats left for shipwreck survivors on remote island recognised as heritage breed 150 years on

ABC Rural / By Melanie Groves

Posted Yesterday at 7:48am

On a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef, a herd of goats has thrived for more than a century but, despite now being granted heritage-breed status, they may still be at risk on their island home.

Twelve goats were left on Middle Percy Island, south-east of Mackay in north Queensland, by Commander Bedwell of the schooner Pearl in 1874 during a mapping expedition, as a food source for future potential shipwrecked sailors.

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