Let’s talk about goats. What kind of animals are they, what do they like the most, why do they have weird eyes, what are the different types of goats, and what makes them unique on their own? Let’s find out the answers to this never-ending stream of questions with our list of interesting facts about goats.
But before jumping right into it, let’s get to know the animal first!
Most of us would have surely seen a goat once in our lifetime, either on a farm or on a TV screen. These short-tailed warm looking animals belong to the genus Capra and are closely related to sheep. They have backward-looking horns, and their unique vision is certainly their most remarkable feature.
Now, let’s dive into the amazing goat facts for kids!
Goat meat is the most consumed meat per capita
Have you ever tasted goat meat? It is tasty, healthy, and environment-friendly. How environment friendly, you asked? Because goats are browsers who feed on high-growing plants such as tree leaves, bushes, and shrubs that have a lesser environmental impact than grazing.
Moreover, their meat is loved all over the world. Almost 63% of the world’s total population consumes goat meat. So it is the unofficially recognized universal favorite! And you need to have it on your dinner table often.
Baby goats are called kids, and the process of giving birth is called kidding
Are you kidding me? I cannot. Because I am not a goat! Dry joke, I know. But fascinating, isn’t it?
A goat gestates her baby for an average period of 150 days, after which the babies are born. Sometimes single, oftentimes twins or triplets, occasionally quadruplets, and once in a blue moon, it could be five babies at a time too!
So you see, a goat is always kidding so many kids! Another bad joke, I know.
A mother recognizes her baby through their unique smell and call
A goat kid thus born has a unique smell and call. Their calls are called bleat, and they use their call to grab their mother’s attention. Goat babies can start standing on their own within just a few minutes of being born. And within a week, you can even find them jumping and climbing things on their own.
Goats are very picky eaters
We know goats are popular among animals as someone who can literally just eat anything. But that’s a huge misconception because they don’t just eat anything! They might try their mouths to taste everything from cardboard to clothes, but they don’t really eat them. Tasting and eating are two different things!
They are very specific when it comes to their food. Give them spoilt hay, and they will outrightly disregard it. We admit they like touching around everything, but they don’t eat everything. They have very sensitive mouths that just do not accept anything. And they have zero tolerance for bad food, so be wise if you are ever going to feed a goat. For a goat, clean food is a huge deal!
Goats do not like being alone on their own. They love company! Whether it is a cow, a horse, or a donkey, they will make friends with any farm animal! They aren’t simply the best animal to lead a solitary life. Keep them alone for a while, and they will start showing serious signs of depression.
Goats can even climb trees
Goats aren’t only cute and lovely, but they are quite agile and super-active creatures. They have a knack for climbing trees, and they can easily get this climbing done if they set their mind to it.
We know this fact is rather unpopular among humans, but this unexposed talent of a goat is a common sight in Southwest Morocco. You will find them up on the trees hunting for fruits, and we dare tell you that you will be quite surprised by their ability to balance themselves on those small branches.
Goats have unique eyes
Unlike us, goats do not have round pupils, and neither do they have the longitudinal pupils of cats or snakes. Rather, their pupils are rectangular. Strange. We know, but it’s quite worth it.
These strange pupils give them a wide field of vision that helps them stay alert for incoming threats. Their eyes also work like an inbuilt shade; they protect their eyes from heavy sun rays. Plus, the night-vision feature of such eyes is simply the cherry on the top!
Goats have four stomach chambers
Now, this is quite amazing. Having to fill four good stomachs. That should be a task. No? Not really. These four stomach chambers include the Rumen, the Reticulum, the Omasum, and the Abomasum.
All these different chambers have their own unique function. A goat’s food goes through different forms of digestion in different chambers and reaches its final stage only at the fourth.
Goats burp a lot
Goats are ruminants like cows, sheep, buffaloes, and camels, and all of them are known to burp quite a lot!
Their burp is a product of their digestion process. The Rumen of a goat ferments the food to extract nutrients from it, which produce gases like carbon dioxide and methane.
The goat releases this excess gas through a burp. Accumulation of these gases could sometimes lead to bloating, which could turn out to be a severe medical issue if it isn’t treated on time.
There are many different types of goats
Domesticated goats are a common sight in countryside villages. But do you know that there are specific breeds of goats for dairy, meat, and fiber? We assume not. So let us throw some light on this fact.
So, there are different breeds of domesticated goats. They are classified depending upon their specific purpose. There are specific dairy goats for attaining quality dairy products, meat goats for the food industry, and fiber goats for wool and fabrics; they are also used as companion animals on farms and even as pets.
Goats dislike rain
Goats hate rain! You will find them quickly scattering off, searching for a dry shelter as soon as the first drop of rain hits the ground. Clean as they are, they also don’t like stepping on puddles and mud.
Scientists speculate that avoiding wetness does keep their bodies free from parasites. So if it takes from them the joy of rain, then so be it! That’s what the goats seem to be thinking and doing.
Goats have beard
Well, this is an obvious fact, of course. Because almost everyone has seen a goat’s beard. The luscious tuft of hair grown by these animals under their chins gives them an old-wise look, but not all the species of goats necessarily have a beard.
Some species of goats also spot flashy appendages on their throats called wattles. So a goat’s throat and chin are thoroughly ornamented, enhancing their look.
There is a species of goat called the ‘fainting goats’
Okay. But why are they called fainting goats? A very peculiar name indeed. These goats rightly deserve this peculiar name because of their peculiar behavior.
It is observed that these goats easily stiffen themselves and have a good fall when startled out of their rest. Their fainting appearance is a result of a specific muscle condition called myotonia. But the catch is that they may appear to be fainting, but they remain very conscious. So these goats have fully mastered the act of fainting better than the real-life actors.
Cashmere fabric is made from goat’s hair
Cashmere wool is best known for its insulating power. It is one of the must-have products you need to have with you if you live in an extremely cold area or visit one. And the fiber that goes into making this wool is six times finer than a human’s hair, and it is derived from the one and only Cashmere Goats.
But Cashmere Goats are not a specific breed. Around 20 subtypes of Cashmere Goats had their origin in Kashmir, India, which explains the name Cashmere. The wool is obtained by shaving the underbellies of these goats, and an average-sized Cashmere sweater requires 3-4 goats to go bald to provide their hair.
Goat’s milk came before cow’s milk
Goats have beaten the cows in terms of being the first favorite of humans. Yes, that’s true. Goats are considered to be the first animal to be domesticated by humans. Therefore, their milk made its name in human history earlier than the cows did. What’s more, their milk has lower lactose content than cow’s milk which makes it easier to digest.
Infants should not feed on goat’s milk
As nutrient-rich as they are, goat’s milk is still considered an unfit product for an infant.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises against feeding infants with goat’s milk. Because it contains a lesser amount of basic nutritional elements like iron, folate, vitamin C and D, niacin, etc., and fails to meet an infant’s nutritional needs.
But it’s not the same for adults since adults have different nutritional requirements, and goat’s milk does stand up to their nutritional needs.
Goats do not have front teeth in their upper jaw
Yes, goats do not have upper front teeth. An empty gap on the upper jaw where everyone normally expects a set of teeth should look weird, no? But goats do not. They can charm everyone with that look.
Goats do not have front teeth in their upper jaw, but they have molars at the back of their mouth in the upper jaw. And their lower jaw also has a complete set of teeth. Evolution has simply removed their front teeth because it wasn’t required. Instead, they have a dental pad that helps them tear their food.
Goat milk soap can be used for treatment
The rising popularity of goat’s milk is evident in its rising global consumption, which accounts for around 2% of the world’s total annual milk supply. A goat’s milk is a healthy addition to an adult diet, and it can also fight off some common skin problems when turned into soap.
A goat’s milk soap is a soap made from goat’s milk. It is becoming a popular product in the cosmetic industry, best known for its cleansing effect. When turned into soap, the highly nutritious milk becomes the gentlest cleanser to prevent skin problems such as dry skin and acne.
Goats have accent
Do all goats sound the same? Yes and also No. A study done by two scientists from Queen Mary’s school of Biological and Chemical Science at the University of London will tell you why the answer is both yes and no.
According to their study reports, “genetically related kids produce similar calls… but the calls of kids raised in the same social group were also similar”.
This implies that a goat’s sound differs as we move from one social group to another. Somewhat like human accents. And according to BBC reports, “goats now join humans, bats, and whales as the mammals known to adjust their vocal sound in response to a social environment.”
Goats prefer happy faces
Another such scientific study published under The Royal Society Publishing reveals that goats can understand human expressions and perceive the emotions behind different facial expressions. The study also found that goats prefer to see happy faces and are inclined to receive positive emotions from their human masters.
China has the highest population of goats
The total population of goats in china constitutes 18.19% of the total global population. More than 59% of the world’s total population of goats is found in Asian countries like China, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. India is the top-most producer and supplier of goat milk, whereas China is best known for its meat production.
Buccoo Goat race festival is a popular goat racing event
Regularly celebrated for the past 80 years, this event is a favorite amongst the islanders of Mount Pleasant and Buccoo. Jockeys and their goats’ race on a 100-yard field to take the victory trophy home.
This lively and fun event has drawn the attention of tourists worldwide. People not only enjoy the race but also get to bet on their favorites. With all the fun and excitement it promises, this event needs to be included on everyone’s bucket list!
Now that we are done with the facts let’s sum up our prime lessons on goats. Eat goat’s meat, drink goat’s milk, and enjoy their company with a happy smile. It’s a scientifically proven observation that goats love smiles and company.
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