This week’s topic is goats. All about goats, and even talking about how sneaky they can be in escaping their corral panel pen at Home for Hooves!
There are four resident goats at A Home for Hooves. These mischievous guys are Finnegan, Buddy, Smurfy and Remi and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these silly yet beautiful boys. A few weeks ago, I had a good laugh with Michelle about the three little ones escaping their new pen and the difficulty she had keeping them in.
Did you know that goats were one of the first animals to be tamed by humans? They’ve been herded for over 9,000 years now. Goats were one of the first animals brought to America and there were goats on the Mayflower!
Goats are very intelligent and like dogs, can even be trained to have a name and come when called. Their lifespan is about the same as a dog. And how could you not like goats? They make you laugh, they smile, and they are oh so mischievous!
You probably know that baby goats are known as “kids”, but did you know that the birth of a baby goat is called “kidding”? No, I’m not kidding…
Finnegan, Buddy, Smurfy and Remi are well into their senior years, but I couldn’t tell when I met them. They’re playful, intelligent and always make me smile.
Did you know goats don’t have teeth on their upper jaw. They use their tongue and upper lip to separate through twigs to get to plant’s leaves. Goats are more intelligent than you probably realize. They live in complex social groups, they are experts at getting hard to reach foods – for example – some goats are known for climbing trees in search of leaves and other vegetation. Goats live for a long time and they are able to build up memories and skills, unlike some other short lived animals.
There is a misconception that goats like to eat garbage. Well, I can assure you that at A Home for Hooves, the four handsome boys are fed fresh, delicious hay and their diet is fine tuned to keep them healthy. Surprisingly, goats are picky eaters. They are able to pick leaves off thorn bushes or seek out the perfect bit of grass.
Researchers have found that goats are just as smart and loving as dogs, and are just as capable of building emotional relationships with humans and other domesticated animals. Unlike sheep, goats are comfortable in living outside of a flock.
So, throw out all those misconceptions you have about goats not being intelligent or good companions. They are just as smart as dogs and make just as good a companion. Head over to A Home for Hooves to meet the four goats and I will assure you, they will make you laugh and are known to pose pretty well for pictures!
Author - Alex Singleton