Goat babies ase a cute as puppies and hibit canine-like personalities. Even with their unusual eyes and fascinating facial hair, goats of all ages have expressive expressions. More than 200 domestic goat breeds can now be found all over the world, having been domesticated some 10,000 years ago. They can be found munching grass or tree trunks and come in a variety of colors and sizes.
What else do we know about these squinty-eyed beings?
1. They More Like Dogs Than We Expected
Scientists discovered that when goats are upset with a job and need assistance, they would look humans in the eye, according to study published in Biology Letters. A team of researchers trained goats to remove a lid off a box in exchange for a reward for their efforts. They had to make it such that the lid could not be lifted from the box as the last challenge. They took notes on the goats' behavior when they looked at the experimenters in the room, as if they were pleading for assistance. If the individual was facing the goat, they took a longer look than if they were facing away.
2. Cashmere is produced by goats .
Cashmere is manufactured from goat fur, which you may already know if you work in the fashion industry, but I didn't. I was startled to learn that goats generate this pricey and exquisite wool when reading an article on this blog!
If you've ever smelled a goat, you might be astonished to learn that its fur is worn by people. Nepal has been producing cashmere for thousands of years. Meaning its usage in the famed handmade shawls of Kashmir, the fiber is also known as pashm (Persian for wool) or pashmina (Persian/Urdu term derived from Pashm).
3. Goats Are Very Social
Goats, despite their image in the Chinese Zodiac as meek and retiring, are actually extremely gregarious animals. They often converse with one another, and even after a year apart, moms can identify their "kids'" bleat.
4. Goats Discovered Coffee
A goat herder called Kaldi discovered that his goats were acting strangely long ago in the Ethiopian highlands. They were leaping up and down and running about in circles till the early morning hours.
He quickly recognized that their odd behavior was caused by the eating of a certain fruit. The fruit quickly gained a reputation for its energizing characteristics, and knowledge of its incredible benefits spread across the Arabian Peninsula, where it was transported and traded all over the world.
The UK's Dancing Goat Coffee Company is well aware of this folklore. Coffee is now the second most traded commodity in the planet (next to oil). Thank you very much, goats!
5. Goats Are Quirky
We all know goats are odd animals, but their scientific name, Capra aegagrus hircus, comes from the Latin term Capra, which meaning odd, whimsical, fanciful, and quick to change.