A prized goat has been put up for sale in India with a whopping £128,000 price tag.
Islam Bhati, 37, from Rajasthan in India, is trying to sell his finest goat for 11 million rupees to a Muslim family celebrating the Eid al-Adha festival.The two-year-old animal is organic and has the word 'Allah' in Arabic emblazoned on one side of his fur. He also has a crescent and star on the other side.
Mr Bhati said: ‘It’s a miracle animal and I feel blessed to own him. We have looked after this goat like our child and he’s the best goat around. We can easily charge 11 million for such a divine animal, it's pretty reasonable.’
Mr Bhati, who run's the family's marble business, bought the goat from a nearby farm two years' ago.
He said: ‘I noticed the inscriptions soon after I bought him. I knew it was sacred. Since we took him into our home we have cared for him and fed him pulses, fresh tree leaves and dry fruit. His meat will be very good.’
Mr Bhati has been offered huge sums for the goat since he posted an advert on the Internet last week. However, no one has stepped forward and paid the asking price yet.
Mr Bhati said: ‘The most I’ve been offered so far is 2.5 million rupees (£30,000) but I refused. If anything this goat is a priceless animal. I will only sell it for the asking price. And when I sell it, I’ll give 50 per cent of the money to a local orphanage. We’ll miss him when he’s gone but there cannot be a better occasion to sell him.’
Muslims sacrifice a goat or a sheep on the eve of Eid-al-Adha to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.
Thousands of goat farmers from across India have been camping all week in the capital, Old Delhi, selling their livestock.
Many average goats of local breeds such as Mewati, Barbari, Desi, Punjabi, Totapuri and Turkish, normally sell for an average 5,000 to 25,000 rupees.
Zahir Hussain, 30, a tailor from Lucknow, is selling his black goat for 1.1 million rupees (£13,000).
Mr Hussain bought the two-year-old goat from his in-laws and has been feeding him almonds, raisins and pistachios.
He said: ‘He is special. He’s one in a million. So far I’ve been offered 500,000 rupees but I refused. I’ll wait, I’m sure I’ll get what I’m asking for it by Saturday.’