Animal Profile: Glorious Goats


December 18, 2012

Care of Bonnie Shulman

 Photo care of Bonnie Shulman

Like other farm animals, goats are terribly understood. Get to know them and you’ll find they are intensely intelligent. Watch how a goat studies your face when he first meets you. You’ll know you’re getting the once-over from a seasoned investigator! A goat is looking for anything new and unfamiliar: a button will do, or a camera (hold on to yours tightly). If a goat eats your jacket, don’t take it personally. It’s just part of the check-up!

Goats are willing to eat almost anything. There have been stories of goats nibbling on tin cans and cardboard boxes. It’s not that they are terribly hungry, for the goats don’t actually eat the inedible stuff. It’s just that they are really curious about whatever is in their environment. Goats will chew on and taste just about anything resembling plant matter in order to decide whether it is good to eat.
Goats are one of the oldest domesticated species, and as such they go by a lot of different names. Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, while males are called bucks or billies. Goat offspring are kids.

Goats are perhaps best well known for their extreme coordination. They can climb and hold their balance in the most precarious places. According to Farm Sanctuary, a leading farm animal protection organization, “Cruelty cases involving goats are especially heartbreaking because they are such naturally social animals who love to run and play with other goats.“

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