Naval Academy announces death of goat mascot, Bill 35

ANNAPOLIS — The U.S. Naval Academy has announced the death of its goat mascot, Bill 35.

The academy said Wednesday that the Angora goat had a history of medical problems, which manifested soon after the school acquired him last year. The school says the 2-and-a-half-year-old goat suffered from idiopathic edema and related disorders, which appeared to have been caused by chronic kidney weakness.

The academy says the goat was taken on Tuesday to a veterinary facility in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, for treatment and was euthanized.

Navy has three other goats, including Bill 36, who is the brother of Bill 35. He will become the new mascot.

The mascot appears at home football games and the Army-Navy game. It is sometimes targeted for kidnapping in the days leading up to the storied rivalry.