Saturday, 13 October 2012

Le Pommier Wine Estate: Get Your Goat!

All is well with our new baby goats!

We had the vet out on Thursday to give them their check-ups, and to make certain that the little ones have a healthy life ahead of them.

In keeping with theme of this post, here are some random goat facts:
  • Goats were the first animals domesticated by man somewhere between 7000 - 10000 BC.
  • The ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Cephranes was buried with more than 2000 goats
  • Goats live up to 8 - 12 years.
  • There are over 200 recognised breeds of goat.
Did you know that there is a breed of goat call the 'Fainting Goat' (scientific name - Myotonic Goats)?
These goats have been the source of much hilarity on web videos, when a farmer runs up to them with an umbrella and the whole herd keels over in what appears to be a dead faint.
Yet despite appearances, these goats aren't simply weak of heart or abnormally prone to fright. In fact, fainting goats don't actually faint or lose consciousness at all during these episodes. Due to a congenital medical condition known in layman's terms as Thomsen's Disease, the goats muscles tense up when the animal is startled, and don't immediately relax.

No pain is caused to them when they 'faint', so don't feel bad for laughing at the video below! 

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