Fainting goats

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Doctor Q, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I've visited lots of zoos, but I never ran into one of these!

    Fainting goats are a domestic breed of goat with a genetic trait that causes them to stiffen, and often fall over, when they are startled or excited. It's not a disease, just an inherited condition. They are also know as Tennessee goats, nervous goats, and by other names.

    The technical name for their condition is myotonia congenita.

    At first I felt sorry for them, but their strange trait actually endears them to people and there are associations of people who raise them.

    The best movie I've found in QuickTime format: link

    A descriptive site with some history, facts, and photos.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I want one!

    Nay, I need one! :cool:

    That is possibly the coolest animal to have ever fallen over with four stiff protrusions!
  3. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I'll have one delivered to you on August 20.

    Hmmm. I see this is not my first thread about fainting!
  4. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004
    That movie is great. I like the adult goat skipping along (towards the tree) with four stiffened legs.
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Don't let CanadaRam see this thread. He might find it a little distressing.

  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada


    People get these goats and spend all day saying to their friends "look what my goat does when I scare it" "Hey Martha, let's pertrify the goat again to see if the genetic condition has worn off or summink. Nope, it still falls over. Har Har."

    Bloody humans.
  7. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I saw a clip of this a couple of years ago. The first clip of just a goat fainting was amusing... and then I saw a clip showing how they get the goats to faint. :( I think it is a bit cruel. Even if they aren't 'harmed' physically.
  8. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    Is it just me, or was the guy with the umbrella opening it at them just to watch them all fall over? :p
  9. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    I hope this gentleman knows more about goats than he does about web design, 'cause those pages are awful looking.

    Backtracking to his homepage (which trascends ugly), though, he does seem like a bit of a renaissance man. What woman wouldn't want a guy who wakes up to Led Zeppelin, goes out and feeds the fainting gaots, wants to shoot Osama Bin Laden and collects mullet haikus?

    At least these poor goats seem to have a good home.
  10. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    Those goats are cute.

    That guy with the umbrella, um... please stop we get the picture. Besides that was a bit cruel the way he did it numerous times for the camera.
  11. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    Do goats neigh? I thought that was horses :D
  12. Dros macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2003
    There are dogs like this as well. They are extremely difficult to breed because they tend to faint when mating.
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    They bleat. In fact, there's a shedload of their bleats here for you to peruse.

    That's your Saturday night sorted, then...
  14. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    I swear that I saw this on the Animal Planet channel before but it still is funny in a funny kind of way. I would venture to say if done to someones gram the effect wouldn't be a disorder and only applicable once, then we would have to call in the goats :p
  15. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Poor little scary goats....this beer is for you from me *puts up beer glass*

  16. zach macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
  17. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    That seems to be a common reaction when people hear about them. There's a natural curiosity to see their strange behavior, but you get the urge to take care of them too. If I get one of these, can I have a potbellied pig and a ferret too?
  18. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I'd use it as a security device. If a thief comes by to steal my stuff, the goat will faint, the thief will feel bad and leave quietly out the front door.

    Reckon I'll get better insurance premiums?
  19. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I think they just reused that clip (and others)
    There are humans that do that too.

    "I'm sorry, that's never happened before"
    "What, the 10 seconds of sex or the 45 minutes of crying?"
  20. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    I'd like to cross one with our Beagle. When she jumps the electronic fence if the collar isn't put on she's IMPOSSIBLE to catch. The remote won't work without a collar!
  21. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    reckon he'd get a good laugh out of it at least. poor little goats!

    you know, mad one, an alarm might be a bit more efficient. :p
  22. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    Doc Q brought this thread to my attention because of my SN.

    So here is my official statement: I am, in no way, shape or form associated with fainting goats.

    I do want one of these goats though. Imagine this, Faintember the Magician and his amazing power to paralyze goats! I would be more famous than that guy who froze himself a few years back!

    Great vid.

    On second thought, i think i will keep my day job.

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