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FACTS ABOUT GOATS 

 

  • For centuries, the young of a goat have been called kids. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the word kid was extended to children.

  • The vocal sound a goat makes is called a bleat. Mother and kid goats recognize each other’s calls soon after the mothers give birth.

  • Kids can follow their mothers almost immediately after being born. They are very close to their mothers and are weaned after around 6 months.

  • Goats are very intelligent and curious animals. Their inquisitive nature is exemplified in their constant desire to explore and investigate anything unfamiliar which they come across.

  • Goat meat is one of the most popular meats on the planet (mainly outside the US).

  • Race horses are often given a 'goat friend' so they will not be lonely in the stall.

  • A defense mechanism in fainting goats causes them to appear to pass out when threatened.

  • Like sheep, a goat’s eye is rectangular rather than round. They have excellent night vision and will often browse during the night.

  • Goats discovered coffee! Apparently in Ethiopia a goat herd saw goats behaving more actively and energetically after eating from a particular bush. He then tried it himself and felt uplifted, awake and full of energy.

  • Goats are more selective feeders than cows, sheep, pigs, swine and even dogs.

  • As president, Abraham Lincoln’s sons kept two goats in the white house with them.

  • Google rents goats to cut down on brush at Google HQ.

  • One Angora goat will produce 11 to 17 pounds of mohair per year.

  • The top ten states with the largest population of meat goats are Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, North Carolina, California, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.

  • A lesser-known talent of some goats is the ability toclimb trees, even fairly tall ones, and stand on small branches that look like they can barely hold their weight. This is particularly common in Morocco, where food can be scarce and argan trees produce a fruit that is particularly appealing to goats.