Monday, April 21, 2014

Fainting Goat

While perusing yarn stores in Seattle, we stumbled upon The Fainting Goat - a gelato store.  While enjoying some fabulous gelato, we of course looked up fainting goats.  And yes, they do exist!

To view them, please see:

myotonic goat, otherwise known as the fainting goat, is a domestic goat whose muscles freeze for roughly 10 seconds when the goat feels panic. Though painless, this generally results in the animal's 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.

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