The goat is a member of the Bovidae family, very closely related to the common sheep. Goats have been domesticated longer than any animal, beginning over 12,000 years ago. Today, goats are still one of the most popular domesticated animals, with over 450 million worldwide, and more people drinking goat milk and cheese than any other animal. Despite how common this creature is, there are plenty of interesting facts that most people do not know.
Fact 1: China has over 170 million goats; more than any other country in the world.
Fact 2: A particular breed of goat known as the Tennessee Stiff-Leg, suffers from a disorder called myotonia. As a result, when any member of this breed is frightened, their neck and leg muscles become extremely stiff, causing the oat to topple over on to the ground.
Fact 3: Goats were used for their milk by humans before any other animal, including the cow.
Fact 4: The term for a female goat giving birth is called ‘œkidding’.
Fact 5: On average, a goat can leap over 5 feet into the air.
Fact 6: The tuft of hair or beard that grows from a goat’s throat is called a ‘œwattle’.
Fact 7: Goats were the first domesticated animals owned and traded by man as far back as the year 10,000 B.C.
Fact 8: There were no goats in America until they were brought from Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
Fact 9: Goats have no teeth in their upper front jaw.
Fact 10: There are over 210 different known breeds of goats.
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