Photography

The Fainting Goat


Some Back Porch Entertainment

The Texas Series continues with another fascinating story from Kathleen’s Adventures. While she was touring the Rusty Goodness of her Uncle Richards expansive acreage, she came across this sun bleached skull from a goat, gently placed on the seat of an old tractor. Uncle Richard had acquired this goat to do some yard work.  When the goat passed away, it was buried and later exhumed because Uncle Richard just loved the strong and sweeping horns.

She also told me of the tale of another goat that one of her friends had, this was a fainting goat. 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 myotomia 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.

Her friends had many tales from owning a fainting goat, which still have her laughing as she tries to give me the full narrative.  For more visit  www.kerstenbeck.com

 

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