Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Our Amazing Planet: More goats

clipped from webecoist.com

Incredible Fainting Goats Freeze and Fall Over

Fainting Goats

As the story goes, fainting goats were actually handy for farmers to have around as decoys for the more valuable sheep. While the sheep would flee from predators the fainting goats would fall to the ground stunned and provide a much easier meal to wolfs or other attackers. Over time these goats have also been known as Scare, Nervous and Wooden Leg Goats.

Aside from their peculiar habit of fainting at the slightest scare, these goats have other benefits which have resulted in their continued breeding for over 100 years. Their litters are generally larger, they are less prone to climbing (for fairly obvious reasons) and therefore escaping and they have a higher portion of tasty meat. Of course, many people enjoy them simply for the novelty of their fainting behavior.

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