Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Our Amazing Planet: Amazing goats

clipped from webecoist.com

The Incredible Tree-Climbing Goats of Morocco

Amazingly, these uncanny animals are actually real: they climb the Argan trees of Morocco in search of food, which is otherwise sparse in the region. Over time they have become not only able to climb trees but downright adept at the art - the traipse across trees with a sure-footedness that is hard to imagine from a hoofed animal.
The droppings of the goats contain the kernels of the seeds they consume which are, strangely enough, used by locals to press and grind into oil. Even more disturbingly: this oil has a number of uses including culinary (yes, people eat it) and cosmetic (yes, they also smear it on themselves).
For a quarter-liter bottle of this goat-digested kernel-oil you can expect to pay from 15 to 50 dollars.
Unfortunately, the Argan tree is slowly being over-harvested so you may have to hurry to see the real thing.
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