Curious Goat Gets Too Excited For Climbing On A Swing

Caters_NewsPublished: February 9, 2018
Published: February 9, 2018

When you scour the internet, you might find that there is a particular breed of goat simply called “fainting goat”. It got the moniker because they suffer from a condition that makes their bodies go stiff when they are startled or excited, making them look like they are fainting. They topple to the ground, stay there for a few minutes, then get up and move along like nothing has happened.

This adorable goat, however, faints whenever he jumps on a swing - because he gets too excited. The goat, called Ricky, suffers from a genetic disorder which causes his muscles to stiffen when he is excited or nervous. Owner David, from Ohio, filmed Ricky and his sibling Lucy jumping on a garden swing, but it proved too much for Ricky who fainted and fell off. David, 38, said it's also common for the pair to faint during feeding time. We guess the approaching kibble is too exciting for them as well!

The fainting part itself doesn’t cause any harm to the goats, but why make them go stiff in the first place? Sure, it is cute and hilarious to watch, but if these farm animals really are scared stiff of movement of the swing, why cause the discomfort?

Truth is, there is no discomfort. One might think that this condition is a defect in these goats, but think again. Many other animal species are known to play dead at the sight of danger, so why not a tiny, black and white goat? They might not do it willingly, like, say, the opossum, but every predator would turn away at the sight of a prey that looks like it has long expired.

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