Big image, whoah man!
I wanted to stretch my graphic designer muscles after having done little to no graphic design stuff for almost a year. Phew! So, I bring you a short and sweet guide to how to distinguish a sheep from a goat! Even though they appear very similar, they are actually very easy to tell apart.
Oh course, the facts here are mostly generalizations. For example, I'm sure there are some domesticated goat breeds that don't have horns, as there are domesticated sheep breeds that do have them, and stuff like that. These are just basic guidelines. (Fun fact: In 2005, a flock of Finnsheep were found in Jaala, Finland, that had reverted back close to the original, historical form of Finnsheep due to uncontrolled breeding and harsh living conditions. These sheep, dubbed as "Jaala sheep" came in variety of colors, had fur on top of wool and horns - traits that aren't common to modern day Finnsheep. Apparently this caused the entire Finnish textile archeology and middle age enthusiast community to implode on itself, as these sheep had the type of wool our ancestors used in their clothing. More info on Jaala sheep (only in Finnish) here
)Here are the sources I used as links for those who are interested:Sheep 101: Sheep and GoatsDifferenceBetween.netAnimal Planet: Why aren't mountain goats really goats?Videos showing sheep / goats headbutting:Domestic sheepBighorn SheepDomestic goatsNubian IbexEDIT: Oh my goodness, guys! I'm drowning in faves! Thank you so much for the support, I do try to answer your comments but I'm not sure if I can keep up with them. I'll try!
EDIT 2: Corrected some info. Thank you, everyone who shared their knowledge!EDIT 3: Gosh guys, a DD? That's definitely something I didn't expect. Thanks for the ongoing support, everyone, I'm glad this little guide has been useful for so many!