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20 Fantastic Facts About Goats

6. Nigerian dwarf goats are one of the smallest breeds in the world. They grow to be 50 centimetres (1.6 feet) tall and weigh around 34 kilograms (75 pounds).

7.  There are legendary goats – Goats have appeared in mythology throughout history. Perhaps the most famous is the Capricorn goat of the zodiac, whose sure-footed nature and agility are defining traits. Pan, the Greek god of nature, had goat horns and feet, as did satyrs, characters that appeared throughout Greek art and theatre.

 

8. Goats eat quickly – Goats are ruminants, meaning they have four-chambered stomachs and two-toed feet. Ruminants eat quickly, store food in the first chamber of their stomach, then regurgitate it and chew it again as cud. Cattle, sheep and camels are all ruminant mammals too.pygmy-goat-on-a-stump

9. Goats, like many other ungulates, have rectangular pupils in their eyes that give them 340-degree vision, up to twice the range of humans.

10. They are really not-so-silly billies – Despite their often vacant facial expressions, goats are intelligent creatures. They can be trained to answer to a name and complete an obstacle course, much like dogs.

 

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