Let me tell you that living here in the Welsh Valleys is not a bad place to grow up at all, we have stunning views, amazingly friendly people and of course sheep. But something else we do have is goats! Many people will buy them as pets and let them run around free in the wild commons we have here. And the other day I do not lie, I saw a goat in a tree! Well, I thought I was losing the plot, but it seems goats are one of the world‘s best climbers! So let me show you the madness I saw as I bring you…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Goats
10 – I would love to know what that camel is thinking right now.
FACT: Goats have 24 molars and 8 incisors, but strangely do not have teeth in their upper front jaw!
9 – Born to be bad!
FACT: Think a bearded goat is a male? Think again because both male and female goats can have beards! (just like my nan!)
8 – “Just get in there Doug, grab the cabbage from the fridge and let’s get out of here!”
FACT: Although they will often grab and chew anything they can get, most goats do not eat clothing or paper feed bags because they are selective eaters!
7 – “You used ropes to get up here? I am sorry to hear that.”
FACT: Goats with horns and without horns are not different breeds, goats can be born with or without horns in any breed! It is just down to chance and maybe good genes.
6 – “Now this is what I call moonlighting”
FACT: Despite its goat name the mountain goat is actually a member of the antelope family! But climbing antelopes don’t have quite the same ring to it.
5 – The Urban Explorer
FACT: The heart rate of a goat is on average 135 beats per minute( that works out at 15 breaths per minute), almost the same as a rabbit!
4 – Climbing Level Assessment: EXPERT!
FACT: Goat’s milk is easily digestible and less allergenic than cow’s milk, in fact, it is higher in calcium, vitamin A and niacin as well!
3 – The X-Games of goat climbing. These are last years winners.
FACT: Mahatma Gandhi consumed goat milk each and every day for 78 years of his life! And for those of you with a quick maths brain, Yes! He was even bottle fed it on day 1.
2 – “Safety Goat always likes to keep 3 points of contact while using access equipment.”
FACT: Poor little goats, it seems you will never see a goat cry because they don’t have tear ducts!
1 – The World’s Best Climbing Goats all live in Morocco
FACT: It is widely thought that when goat herders noticed the animals acting very energetic after nibbling on a certain plant they started to make drinks from it. That plant was a coffee plant and the world’s first coffee was made! It seems we really do owe a lot to goats indeed.