Get your goat on

I feel as though one could strongly argue that there are two types of people in this world; ones who love and adore goats, and others who don’t, likely because they’ve had an unfortunate encounter with one or something along those lines. At least, that’s the only reason I can come up with as to why one wouldn’t like goats.

Goats are truly hilarious animals, and they’re also incredibly loving, loyal, and can be quite affectionate, depending on the type of goat one has in their company. My sister loves goats, and, at one time, had three of her own; Jackson, Calleigh and Maggie were her babies, and myself, my mom and my dad all rather quickly became fond of them as well.

I thought it might be fun to dedicate a post to goats to educate the masses about these quirky creatures with this information coming from livelyrun.com.

  • “Goats were one of the first animals to be tamed by humans and were being herded 9,000 years ago.
  • Goat meat is the most consumed meat per capita worldwide
  • Goats can be taught their name and to come when called
  • The life span of a goat is about that of a dog
  • Goats have a gestation period (pregnancy) of five month and the average birth rate for goats is 2.2 kids per year.
  • Baby goats (kids) are standing and taking their first steps within minutes of being born.
  • Each kid has a unique call, and along with its scent, that is how its mother recognizes it from birth – not by sight.
  • Counter to the dominant stereotype about goats being willing to eat anything, they are actually very picky eaters. They have very sensitive lips, which they use to ‘mouth’ things in search of clean and tasty food. They will often refuse to eat hay that has been walked on or lying around loose for a day.
  • Goats are herd animals and will become depressed if kept without any goat companions. So, it is unhealthy for a goat if a family just owns one as a pet,” the web page states.

Check back here tomorrow for some more information about our goat friends.

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