Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The Tennessee Fainting Goat
(Above: An ordinary goat.)
This morning, I was quite upset to read in the New York Times that a very special creature may soon disappear from the face of the earth.
Tennessee Fainting Goats (also known as Nervous Goats, Wooden Leg Goats, and Tennessee Scare Goats) possess a very peculiar trait. Whenever they're startled, the goats appear to "faint" for about ten seconds.
The "fainting" is the result of an otherwise harmless hereditary disorder. And it's totally hilarious. (See the video below.) Hopefully the International Fainting Goat Association (which boasts a fabulous logo) will be able to save the breed before it's too late.
An animal this amusing must not disappear!
P.S.: I found this while searching for a picture to go with this post. Ahhh. I LOVE Japan.