As all faithful readers of this blog know, there are few things dearer to the heart of Mad Padre than that paragon of martial prowess, that prince of nature and epitome of military tradition … I refer, gentle readers, to the military goat.

This noble creature is Shenkin, the regimental goat of the UK’s 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh, who was present when the battalion paraded through Bridgend, Wales, yesterday. Image courtesy of the UK MOD.