Most domestic goats are descended from the bezoar ibex from the Zagros mountains, which run from southern Turkey to Iran. The bezoar ibex with its curving horns, white body and black shoulder stripe looks a lot like the Cretan wild goat. Recent DNA testing of Cretan wild goats has shown that, despite appearances, they are descended from early domestic goats. A number of these Neolithic goats seem to have escaped, or had been left to roam in the mountains and established a breeding population. The mountain goats of the Great Orme Country Park, now munching on the hedges of Llandudno, are also descended from a captive herd, once kept at Windsor. Their ancestors are likely to have been another type of wild goat, the markhor of Central Asia. The mountain goats of Wales and Crete are often described as ‘feral’ to indicate that they are neither wild or domestic; in reality, these simply indicate points along a spectrum of human control. The Cretan wild goats are protected from hunting in the area in which they live, the Samaria Gorge, a national park, but they are left to roam freely.