Naval Academy mascot Bill the Goat dies

Bill 35 on Jack Stephens Field in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. (Jennifer Erickson, Naval Academy Public Affairs)

The Naval Academy said goodbye to one of its much-loved Bill the Goat mascots on Wednesday.

Doctors made the decision to put down Bill 35, one of the Angora goats that regularly occupies the sidelines of Navy football games in Annapolis.

"Due to pain and suffering caused by his condition and a low likelihood of improvement, doctors there determined the best and most humane course of action would be euthanization," one of Bill 35's caretakers said in a statement.

According to the Naval Academy's Office of Public Affairs, Bill 35 had been dealing with medical issues for about a year. The Naval Academy says his health problems were caused by "chronic kidney weakness" that caused Bill 35 to be taken for treatment to the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. on Tuesday.

Bill 36 will continue on as the Naval Academy's live mascot.

Navy has used a live goat at their sporting events since 1893, during the fourth playing of the iconic Army-Navy Game.

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