I was introduced to this fascinating creature a few years ago by a friend. Since then, it's been an ongoing joke about this animal. I mean, whoever created a genetically defective goat that faints when they are startled is a pure genius (or maybe they were high). When someone creeps up behind me and screams "BOO" I jump and then laugh. But man, could you imagine the fun you could have if you could scare an animal and have it freeze and fall over in paralysis? Cruel? Maybe. Fun? COMPLETELY!
What brought on this random blog post? Well, my friend is thinking about buying a goat for her dad's birthday (don't worry, he lives on a farm in Virginia). She sent me an adorable photo of a black and white goat, which unfortunately doesn't faint (lame).
|Adorable, but boring non-fainting goat|
|Awesome fainting goat, but definitely not a looker|
Definition from Wikipedia:A fainting goat is a breed of domestic goat whose muscles freeze for roughly 10 seconds when the goat is startled. Though painless, this generally results in the animal collapsing on its side. The characteristic is caused by a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. When startled, younger goats will stiffen and fall over. Older goats learn to spread their legs or lean against something when startled, and often they continue to run about in an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle.