It’s a bit disappointing. This video would be so much cooler if it were arboreal goats on fire.
Who would have thought a goat could be so nimble…
Ha ha, giraffes, you thought you didn’t have competition for that food, didn’t you?
If giraffes evolved long necks, why are their goats (on fire or otherwise), pygmies, dwarves, and apes?
How did they get up there? It shows them jumping down, but they could hardly have jumped up. I wouldn’t think hooves would be very good for climbing trees…
It is my considered opinion that they’re nesting.
They stand over the sapling and wait.
OMG GOATS ON TREES
I wouldn’t think hooves would be very good for climbing trees…
And yet they do! This phenomenon, by the way, has been used as an argument in the ground-up vs. trees-down debate re the evolution of flight in birdosaurs. People say “But theropods show no adaptations for arboreality” and the killer reply is “Goats!”
The fruit of the goat tree.
… is just kidding.
A quote from Wikipedia:
Goats are also widely known for their ability to climb trees, although the tree generally has to be on somewhat of an angle.
At first i thought there were just a couple of goats in the tree. then it turned out to be a clown car, they just kept coming.
Does anyone know if they’ve evolved special hooves for this?
The only green on that video is on the tree. These goats are under a natural selective pressure: Climb up the tree or die.
skeptical scientist said: I wouldn’t think hooves would be very good for climbing trees…
If they can climb up ridiculous small clives and bare rocks, why not trees?
Harold! Come back Harold!
Would like to come back in a few million years. Prehensile tails? Elongated, dexterous hooves?
These are clearly the fruits of a vegetable or Scythian lamb tree. Previously thought to only produce a single lamb which would eat the grass around its stalk, this variety must feed on leaves before being ripe enough to fall.
Very cool. I saw this in a documentary sometime in the past year, but I can’t remember exactly where what or when.
OT. Praise the fucking lord! Whoever that may be. Thanks largely to Nerd Of Redhead I have finally managed to sign in agains using TypePad. THANK YOU Nerd Of Redhead!
Something to add to NOR’s instructions in that previous post. Apparently, TypePad has recently changed the look of their site. If you signed up for TypePad some time ago the site still looks the same, UNLESS you click on the link to see the all new typepad. This is the important point. NOR’s instructions apply to Typepad’s NEW look. AND, in addition to looking different, the old TypePad screen does not have the radio button option to exchange emails that is necessary for you to enable.
Also, even after you have succesfully enabled the exchange emails function, and saved it, you will still on occasion get the error that gives you a screen full of code. But, usually within two or three tries you will be able to log in.
What do you get when you cross an arboreal goat with a fainting goat?
What do you get when you cross an arboreal goat with a fainting goat? BBQ.
A goat which may or may not make a sound when it falls in the woods.
The ACTUAL catalyst for Newton formulating his theory of gravity.
They still need a little more evolving, but, I think eventually they will get there!
Goats that learn to fly really really quickly.
Depends. Do we have to stare at it?
ZOMG Goats on the Roof!
And just down the road from my house!
That’s a nice tree. Pity it suffers from a goatfestation.
Hoping for a leopard or three.
- ridiculously small clive.
Goodness. Have the developed little fingers and toesies to hold onto branches with? How on earth are they doing that with hooves?
In the early 1950s I lived in Tripoli, Libya, for a couple of years. We would see goats grazing in (what I may mis-remember as) olive trees all the time – they take a short run and go up rather nimbly. It’s apparently not that different from the rock-hopping that mountain goats do on mountains. See more pictures at http://www.odditycentral.com/videos/the-tree-goats-of-morocco.html
That’s a nice tree. Pity it suffers from a goatfestation.Hoping for a leopard or three.
There is only one way to stop a goatfestation from spreading: Burn down the forest!
I saw that in Morocco. The nuts of the Argan tree were too hard so the Berber farmers would encourage goats to eat them and the farmers collected the nut pits from the goat feces. They then ground the pits to extract the argan oil which was used for all sorts of culinary and cosmetic purposes.
Nowadays they’re supposed to be extracting the oil using industrial presses but the farmers are still having the goats climb the argan trees. For some reason, people aren’t eager to buy oil made from goat feces. Go figure.
Obligatory Monty Python reference
“Yer tries are full of goots!!”
I’ve seen goats do that; they’re great animals as pets but they can be incredibly frustrating. They seem to be able to jump over anything or else chew through it; I’d lost many trees to that sort of goatish behavior. Baaaad goats! Baaaaad!
If a fainting goat falls out of a tree in the forest, and there’s nobody there to stare at it, does it catch on fire?
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