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    Goats Can Understand Human Expressions And Are Drawn To Smiling Faces



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    If you're anything like me, your interactions with goats are pretty few and far between. I think the last time I even saw one in person was at a petting zoo, and if I remember correctly, it tried to eat my scarf. So it wasn't exactly the friendliest of encounters.

    But, as limited as my experience with goats has been, I find myself inclined to hang out with them more after learning that these bleating fellas are actually drawn to smiling, happy faces. And aren't we all?

    A new study out of Queen Mary, University of London, has found that goats are able to read human expressions, and unsurprisingly, they prefer the positive ones. The purpose of the study, which was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, was to determine whether animals domesticated for production, such as goats, are as sensitive to human emotional expressions as those domesticated for companionship, like dogs.

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    Growing up in northern Norway, my mother took care of a goat, she would walk it on a leash. It would even come with her in her boat when she went out rowing.

    She was very sad when her grandfather butchered it, but it was common for children to care for animals that were to be slaugthered. My mom refused to eat her friend.


    I think goats are very cool animals, I would keep a pair just as pets.


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    Sheep are also drawn to smiling faces and have pretty awesome facial differentiation skills too. Who could resist a sweet, cuddly sheep?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    She was very sad when her grandfather butchered it, but it was common for children to care for animals that were to be slaugthered. My mom refused to eat her friend.
    I understand very well (your mom). Luckily farming has been just a hobby to my parents. Animals will live long good life (for example we have't butchered cows as their milk production has dropped a bit older age ... like big farms do). Small Kyyttö cows products less milk anyway (not the quantity but the quality ). Same with few chickens, ducks ... and goats are more like pets.

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    Goats are so amusing! As a child, I used to play with the nextdoor neighbour's goat, who I believe was a Saanen. We were pretty good friends, though I protested when he headbutted me or chewed on my hair. Another family owned a Nubian goat named Spock, but Spock didn't care for children much.
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