Goats can communicate with one another! Just moments after the birth of a kid, both mother and offspring recognize and respond to each other’s voices. And it isn’t just recognizing the roles, but communicating between each other. Goats talk to each other through the sounds they made, which is called “bleating”. And mother goats use this communication to keep an eye on their kids, by calling to them periodically to make sure they are still close by. This close bond of mother and kid stays with them until about 6 months of age. And researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London, also suggest that this bond goes beyond the weaning stage, with mothers and kids recognizing each other’s voices over 10 months later!
“Did you know” will appear every Monday through December to celebrate a fun goat fact in celebration of the publication of Raising Goats Naturally: A Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More.
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