Goats are incredible animals. They have a weird inclination to stand on cows, they don’t graze they browse, they are often considered devils but their milk is better than that of cows! Let us today learn 20 crazy goat facts and find out more about this incredible mammal. Let us see how many of you actually knew about these!
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1. Goats don’t graze on grass. Get a goat to clean up the grass of your beautiful lawn and it will devour all the shrubs but grass! This is because they are browsers and they prefer eating fruits, shoots, leaves, shrubs and plants.
2. Never call goats by the names Billy (for males) and Nanny (for females). They have their different names. Buck is the name used for adult males and Doe is for adult females. Male baby goats less than a year old are known as ‘Bucklings’ and ‘Doelings’ is the name used to refer to female baby goats less than a year old.
3. ‘Kids’ is the term used to collectively refer to baby goats. Did you know that the term ‘kids’ was used to refer to baby goats since 1200s? ‘Kids’ was used in a more generalized sense to refer to ‘children’ only in 1599.
4. These folks literally stand on the back of cows! Not just cows. They can stand on almost everything including humans, horses and everything they can lay their feet on and they don’t lose their balance. Why? That’s because they originated in Anatolia’s Zagros Mountains and were habituated climbing cliffs and rocks. So, if you see a bunch of goats standing on a tree don’t get surprised!
5. Researchers based in London figured out that goats have accents! They figured out in a research that goats can change their accents when they move to a different group or when they grow up. Well, this discovery makes them the 4th mammal to be able to pick up accents. The other three are dolphins, elephants and of course, humans.
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6. Do you know that goats are very much capable of scaring people? Thanks to their weirdly rectangular pupils with horizontal slits and pale irises that make this possible. From evolutionary point of view, this helps the goats to keep an eye on predators over a wide range. Most hoofed animals (a classic example being cow) have similar eyes but not as prominent as goats because their irises are not pale.
7. It is a popular belief that goats eat tin cans. That’s not true. Because they are browsers, they end up chewing anything that distantly looking like wooden vegetation and plants and these include labels on tin cans, paper and cardboard boxes.
8. Goats have the uncanny ability to yell like humans. Their calls are known as bleating.
There are two types of goats – the Boer Goats and the Pygmy Goats. The Boer Goats can weigh up to 230 pounds and are best for meat while the Pygmy Goats weigh up to 35 pounds and are best for milk. There are several breeds of goats. You can find the entire list here: List of all goat breeds.
10. Goat milk is better than cow milk! This is because of the fact that goat milk is naturally homogenized. As a result, goat milk has 5 times fewer fat molecules that cow milk. This is the reason why goat milk can be easily digested.