Do fainting goats really exist?


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Fred Hamill Profile
Fred Hamill answered
Yes! Fainting goats really do exist!

Without watching the footage of these goats being scared, you probably wouldn't entirely believe that they exist. However, the "fainting goats", real name "myotonic goats".

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 'myotonia 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. Although the condition lessens with age in goats.

They are also called, "wooden leg goats" or "freezing goats" Although this is very amusing for us to watch, this is also thought to be a natural defense mechanism, in the same way that spiders play dead, is thought that goats may freeze and play lame for a similar reason.  Take a look at the video...we challenge you to watch it without laughing!
Guinea Pig Lover Profile
OOHH!!! I saw this on Mythbusters/Headrush! (LOL) I loved watching them just fall down! It was hilarius! Their muscles like freeze when you scare them so they just fall down. So if you think about it, they're not really fainting. It's more like they freeze. Imagine playing freeze tag with them.... Lol
Oberstgruppen Leiter Profile
Yes when you scare them their muscles lock up and they have no balance.
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Michael Samp Profile
Michael Samp answered
Impressive explanation. Could it also come from someone staring intently at the goat....or mentioning "goat stew" for dinner?
Mary Stieh Profile
Mary Stieh answered
There is also myotonic epileptic seizures in humans.  That manifest in very similar manners.  The person that I know is triggered by loud an or unexpected noises.
Haley Witter Profile
Haley Witter answered
Yes, when they like freak out their mucsles freeze and they just like fall down. Lol
Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright answered
Yes, its really great to see, as theyre standing there and all of a sudden theyre lying on the ground

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