The Fainting Goats

They seem to react like that when they get nervous or scared. For a few seconds they fall on the ground and stay paralized. I don't know how the species would survive in nature if a predator enters and half of them just allow themselves to be caught.

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I came across this in a show I watched recently, and if I recall correctly, the genetic defect also confers more meat on the goat, which is a good thing, at least to farmers.
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Here in Texas they're bred as a novelty. Apparently there's a booming market for narcoleptic livestock.

Which is kinda sad, if you ask me. I'd prefer a flock of healthy herbivores and a few well-trained sheepdogs, thanks. Something about deliberately breeding neurological defects into an animal strikes me as cruel.

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