Kamanoko is a goat from a in a zoo in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and he’s sure to be a hit with the lady goats thanks to his hip hairdo that sets him apart from the herd.
Kamaboko was born in April 2014 and is a mixed breed ‘shibayagi’, with yagi being the Japanese word for goat. He is one of three siblings and, in an article for the Japanese Huffington Post, his carer said that Kamaboko is the only one of the three to have this magnificent fluffy fringe.
There’s a reason for this. Usually the male goats at the park are castrated, however Kamaboko’s gonads were spared for breeding purposes. Right now he’s living apart from the goat herd in a section with other male animals such as llamas. The castrated males’ hair remains short, but if left uncastrated their hair grows as they do.
However, usually this fringe grows in a side parting style, but for some reason Kamaboko’s is stylishly curly. His carer told said that “When goats have itchy heads they rub them against trees. I think that, in Kamaboko’s case, he may have made his curly from rubbing,” and hinted that maybe he styled it himself! And if that’s the case, we don’t know how long it’ll be until he gets bored with this style and decides to change things up.
This picture posted on the zoo’s public Twitter account has had over 7,000 retweets, so clearly people have been charmed by Kamaboko’s suave style.
“For some reason our male goat, born last year, has grown a fringe. Even without us styling it it’s all nice and fluffy.”
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“Since our last tweet was so popular, have some bonus pics. By the way, his name is Kamaboko and he’s not yet one year old, but he’s very proud of his ‘dandy’ hair.”
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Honestly, I’m kind of jealous that this guy can rub his head against a tree and look like this, while I can spend and hour blow-drying and curling and still look like I’ve just rolled out of bed!