The Peahill Farm is home to several myotonic goats. These goats are a rare breed and also go by the names of, Nervous Goats, Stiff-leg Goats, Wooden-leg Goats, Fainting Goats, and Tennessee Meat Goats. For the sake of this video, let’s add another name to that list, the “Fall-Off-The-Swing-Goat.”
These goats faint when they excited or nervous, so it’s probably safe to assume that this particular goat was rather fond of the wooden outdoor swing or freaked out when it started moving. The owner had a different take, however. She said the swinging motion scares this goat, which is just a different brand of excited I suppose.
If you’ve never heard of this breed of goat before, there are a few interesting facts to know. These include:
- They have a genetic condition called myotonia congenita.
- Myotonia congenita causes the muscles of their legs to paralyze and stiffen up for about ten seconds, which results in the goat collapsing. So they don’t actually faint, but rather cease to have the use of their legs momentarily.
- The temporary condition causes them no harm. That is unless they fall from a distance. This goat was just fine.