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This 3 facts about goats would shock you!

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This 3 facts about goats would shock you!

 As it turns out, the life of the average goat is a lot more complex than most people ever assumed. These findings will make you not look at these animals in the same way ever again.


GOATS CAN DISTINGUISH EMOTIONS

This particular aspect should not come as a complete surprise. Most animals known to Man can effectively take note of emotions on some level, thus it is not that strange to see goats included on this list. What is rather remarkable, however, is how these animals can distinguish emotions from one another’s calls, as well as any human they interact with at any given time. 


GOATS ARE INCREDIBLY CLEVER

When looking at a goat, one might not necessarily assume these creatures to be extremely intelligent. After all, goats often seem laid back and content, but that may just be a facade. Goats are, based on their smarts, on a level similar to dolphins, whales, and elephants. That is not entirely what researchers assumed at first, yet it is another sign of how little humans understand about the complexity of animals.


THE COMPLEX SOCIAL CONTEXT

Unlike what one might think when looking at a herd of goats, these animals often live in complex social groups. Although a goat can be more aggressive than other farm animals such as sheep, this is part of their exploratory and reactive nature. Combined with their high degree of social organization and their inherent intelligence, goats have evolved significantly throughout the ages. 

Other benefits of this complex social structure include effective foraging, successful care of offspring, and better access to sexual partners.  A group’s linear hierarchy will also keep everyone in check accordingly, although there will be “challengers’ to the crown as time progresses. There is a lot more going on in the world of a goat than might meet the eye at first.