As I was riding in the elevator today a group of co-workers were discussing Fainting Goats.
I had never heard of them before so when I got back to my desk I did some research.

Yup, they exist. They are also referred to as Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, Stiff Legged and Scare goats. apparently they have a genetic condition called myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled.

The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.

There is even an International Fainting Goat Association.

check out this informative and ridiculously funny video of fainting goats

All creatures great and small

7 thoughts on “All creatures great and small

  • April 10, 2006 at 1:11 pm


  • April 10, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    I like the new look of the baldheretic blog!

    I knew about the fainting goats, but forgot about them until this post reminded me how awesome they are. One day, I will own a farm full of goats! VIVA CHIVAS!

  • April 10, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Theresa and I want to get one to play with our fainting cat.

  • April 11, 2006 at 8:45 am

    They’re hilarious! I can’t help but feel sorry for the ones the guy kept scaring the the umbrella. Although, I almost fell out of my chair laughing at them, especially the one who fell sideways but kept wagging his tail the whole time.

  • April 11, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    I think a little pee might have actually come out during that laughing fit… I must have one… or 2

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