Soon, the shepherd came up with the other goats, too:
I could not contain my curiosity about the rainbow goat, and asked the shepherd about it. "It is to prevent theft," he explained. But, I asked him, would not branding help? "No, ji," he said. "These are woolly goats,and I cannot brand them so that the brand will show, and if I colour just some hair, a thief can just snip it off...so when I put all these colours on various parts of the goat's hair, it's a better way of preventing anyone from stealing the valuable animal, unless they want to practically shear the entire animal, and then it will stand our like a sore thumb anyway."
So colour as an insurance against theft, in a rural setting...an interesting concept!