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Goat Weathervane – Mountain

Mountain Goat Weather Vane


The Mountain Goat Weathervane pictured here was fabricated in the extra large (4′) size, as the home on which it was placed was quite large. Interestingly, the original customers, for whom this sculpture piece was designed, raised goats for antibody production to fight disease in humans.

Because we craft each weather vane to individual order, customers can specify theirs be made in all copper, in a combination of copper and brass or, as this customer chose, in combination with optional gold leaf, which will maintain its light bright look as copper and brass weather and patina. At the time of ordering the color for the glass eyes is also chosen.

The Mountain Goat, Oreamnos americanus, also known as the Rocky Mountain Goat, is a large hoofed mammal found only in North America. Despite its name, it is not a true goat, as it belongs to a different genus. It resides at high elevations and is a sure-footed climber, often resting on rocky cliffs that predators cannot reach. The mountain goat is an even-toed ungulate of the order Artiodactyla and the family Bovidae that includes antelopes and cattle. It belongs to the subfamily Caprinae, along with thirty-two other species including true goats, sheep, the chamois and the musk ox. The mountain goat is the only species in the genus Oreamnos. The name Oreamnos is derived from the Greek term oros (stem ore-) ‘mountain’ (or, alternatively, oreas ‘mountain nymph’) and the word amnos ‘lamb’.

We have depicted our mountain goat perched on a mountain, reflecting its natural habitat.