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ratdogg
06-12-2007, 10:29 PM
ok, so maybe EVERYONE else but me had heard of fainting goats but I was just recently informed of their existence. This is quite possibly the FUNNIEST thing ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we9_CdNPuJg

Addie
06-12-2007, 11:01 PM
That is so funny. I think its cute when they scare the whole group and they just fall over...the other one is cute when it completley rolls on its back =) adorable.

Hellow
06-12-2007, 11:08 PM
LOLOLOLOLOLOL! That is the funniest thing that i have ever saw in my entire life!LOLOLOLOLOL! I especially liked the part when they scare them and the whole group falls over.

Twisterdog
06-12-2007, 11:57 PM
I don't know ... maybe it's just me, but I think it's kind of sad. :(

IRescue452
06-13-2007, 12:04 AM
I think its kinda sad too. Its the result of breeding for a trait that would be otherwise deadly if the goat weren't in captivity. I'm sure their are other side effects of this breeding. It makes me think of waltzing mice (mice bred to have inner ear problems so they "dance" for life, and most die within a few weeks of birth)

ratdogg
06-13-2007, 12:30 AM
there are A LOT of traits that would be deadly if the animal wasn't in captivity....not just fainting goats. i was simply trying to post a cute vid that i thought was funny :(

and these goats serve a very specific purpose. they help serve as an indicator when there is a threat to other goats in the herd. They are responsible for helping keep other goats alive. It's not really sad at all.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jimknapp/goats.html

CathyBogart
06-13-2007, 03:35 AM
Traits that would be deadly if the animal wasn't in captivity??

How about brachiocephalic noses (pug, boxer, Persian)? Or any albino animal? Or hairless dogs/cats/rats/guinea pigs/hamsters/mice? Or super short legs in an animal that was once a carnivore? Or miniature animals? Or crummy teeth?

There are loads of traits we breed into animals that make them totally unfit for life in the wild. That's why we call them 'domesticated' animals.

I like the fainting goats. It's a neat trait, it doesn't seem to bother them at all, and it once served a useful purpose.

Sara luvs her Tinky
06-13-2007, 06:53 AM
goats are so cute !!! :D

Marigold2
06-13-2007, 07:20 AM
Oh my, this is not such a good idea. If another animal is chasing them such as a fox or even a dog they faint and have no defense at all. I don't like this idea.

Chilli
06-13-2007, 11:17 AM
I completely see both sides of the conversation, though this trait in fainting goats doesn't bother me. I do find it rather annoying when people constantly scare the goats just to watch them fall over.
I think fainting goats are cute. :] My friend's parents used to raise goats, and they had one fainting goat that was the sweetest goat I had ever been around.

CathyBogart
06-13-2007, 12:18 PM
Oh my, this is not such a good idea. If another animal is chasing them such as a fox or even a dog they faint and have no defense at all. I don't like this idea.

If you read the second article ratdogg posted, you'll see that that is exactly why the trait was reproduced in the first place. It sucks for the fainting goat, but it IS an effective defense for the rest of the flock.

Genny
06-13-2007, 02:31 PM
I, too, don't like it when you see people just scare them to see them fall over, but it is neat and kinda cute. It's sad that they are used to keep the other goats safe, but they ARE keeping the other goats safe so I don't really see anything wrong with it I guess.

I LOVE all kinds of goats, but I've never been around one of this kind. Cute though :D

critter crazy
06-13-2007, 03:04 PM
I love fainting goats and hope to own a few some day, they just arent very common around my neck of the woods.

I think there is nothing wrong with these goats, except for people constantly scaring them just to see them fall over. That would be like me constantly scaring my cat just to see it jump! They were not bred for our amusement, they have a purpose.

Genny
06-14-2007, 04:26 AM
They were not bred for our amusement, they have a purpose.

yeah! :cool:

Twisterdog
06-19-2007, 12:29 AM
... I do find it rather annoying when people constantly scare the goats just to watch them fall over ...

That's exactly what I meant ... not that the goat having the trait in and of itself was sad, but the goats constantly being frightened for the amusement of people is sad.