Fainting Goats

Fainting Goat Video

Myotonia goats, also known as fainting goats, are a domestic goat that seizes when it feels panic, is startled or hears a loud noise.  It doesn’t actually faint.  Its body goes stiff and it falls down.  Episodes can last from 5-20 seconds.

This is a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita.  Don’t worry, goats with this condition live a normal, healthy life.  I was a little put off with the people in the video purposely making the goats faint; but I guess it’s quite common and doesn’t hurt the goat.

Myotonia goats are a little smaller than standard breeds and can measure 17-25 inches tall and from 60-200 lbs.  They have large, prominent eyes in high sockets.  They are friendly, intelligent, easy to keep and, of course, amusing.

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