Fainting goats.. wtf?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Brock, 29 Sep 2007.

  1. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Whenever I'm bored I can always make myself guffaw with glee at fainting goats, but what kind of evolutionary f**k up can possibly account for such an obviously useless feature in an animal? Does it stop them running off cliffs when startled by a thunder clap or something?
  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    We saw those in the States a few summers ago. I spent about 10 mins trying to make them fall over and faint, but no luck. I was gutted.
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    You're not scary enough Cathryn!

    These goats are the result of a genetic experiment by wolves to breed an easy to catch dinner. Much less running about.
  4. col

    col Veteran

    My son showed me these on one of those jackass programmes,i couldnt stop laughing.
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    is that akin to cow tipping?
  6. spesh

    spesh Well-Known Member

  7. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Or fly tipping ?
  8. spesh

    spesh Well-Known Member

    The little buggers never stay still for long enough... :biggrin:
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I'd imagine the gene is a mutation, and probably recessive in the wild, but breeding by man has produced a strain of animals in which it's dominant. Once animals are domesticated by man, straight evolution stops playing such a large role in survival. It may be that the same gene is also linked to some positive trait which outweighs the negative (for example, the link between malaria resistance and suckle cell anaemia in humans - developing sickle cell is bad, but malaria resistance is good, and in a malarial area, convers a reproductive advantage)

    On the other hand, possums 'play dead' by fainting, in order to put off a predator not keen on scavenged meat. Maybe it's a similar responce?
  10. OP

    Brock Senior Member

    As ever a characteristically wise and helpful response from Arch, unlike the rest of you goons! Thanks Arch, I feel just a little bit cleverer whenever I read your posts.
    Cow tipping does sound fun though...
  11. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    You're welcome..;);)
  12. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    As ever, Wikipedia has something to say about them.

    I did like this quote.

    Emphasis mine!
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