Navy’s Live Goat Mascot Passes Away

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031206-N-9693M-027Navy’s beloved goat has gone onto the great pasture.

The Naval Academy announced that its live goat mascot, Bill XXXV, died after succumbing to health problems. The goat suffered from a number of disorders, and doctors decided that he would not improve. So, he was euthanized.

Navy acquired the goat in August, 2015. He is survived by a twin brother, Bill XXXVI. His predecessors, Bill XXXIII and Bill XXXIV are also still alive, but retired.

The live mascots date back to the late 1800s, and are often the center of a kidnapping ritual that takes place before the Army-Navy game.

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