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Thirty years ago, when the grass grew tall, cashmere goats made up 19 percent of all livestock in Mongolia. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed to make up 60 percent today. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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The goat did not order a latte. But when it escaped from home and entered a nearby Starbucks in the Northern California town of Rohnert Park, it did have a hankering for cardboard. Sgt. Rick Bates/Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety hide caption

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe went for matching accessories during a February celebration of his 91st birthday. He appears not to be a fan of goats. JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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If this farm animal, featured in the Sprint Super Bowl ad, could talk, it would say: "Baaaaaad news for all the people who think I'm a goat. I'm really a sheep!" via Youtube hide caption

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The photographer thought it was a goat. The photo editor thought it was a goat. Sure looked like a goat to the author of this post. It turns out to be a sheep, in Dakar, Senegal. Claire Harbage for NPR hide caption

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