Pashmina goats face icy death

Heavy snow in the Himalayas could mean death for thousands of goats that provide fine wool for Kashmir's famous Pashmina shawls, Reuters reported Indian officials as saying on Wednesday.

Winter pastures near the Chinese border have been hit by unexpectedly heavy snowfall, resulting in a shortage of food for Pashmina goats.

"Over 90,000 goats are facing shortage of food and many of them will die if fodder could not be provided immediately," Tsering Dorjay, a government official in Ladakh, was quoted as saying.

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