A Talking Goat?

brown goat talkingWhile doing research today I came across a most peculiar video. In fact, the video is hitting extreme web stats as if they won the ultimate lottery.

There are 15,400,000 results in Bing and 14,700,000 results in Google with just the keywords ‘can goats talk’

So what’s the hype?

There are numerous claims that goats try to talk to humans.

In fact many people who own goats say they are extremely intelligent. Although I did not find any stats that prove they can talk like humans, I did find various videos that clearly show they are capable.

This goat sounds like it’s saying what’s up! Unbelievable!

Jambbas Ranch in Fayetteville, NC

The Truth Be Told

Goats and sheep are capable of making startlingly human-like sounds. Compared to other animals, they sound quite unique. Although other mammals can produce human-like sounds, they generally cannot produce human-like speech.

According to recent studies from Queen Mary University London, goats have the astonishing ability to develop “accents.” According to their research, a goat’s accent consists of unique ways of making calls within a group, which is an example of vocal plasticity. FYI: Vocal plasticity is the ability of an individual (or animal) to change its vocalizations according to its environment. Vocal plasticity allows humans to produce a wide range of sounds.

Rendering Dr. Elodie Briefer, a researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, states that goat kids modify their calls according to their social surroundings, developing similar ‘accents’.

Here’s another video with goats yelling. To funny!

Goats Yelling Like Humans – Super Cut Compilation

One More for the Road

This video makes it obvious that goats are very intelligent. I say, if a goat can be trained to wave then it can be trained to talk.

Darren the Waving Goat at White Post Farm

Picture credit
Black goat talking: WindRanch via photopin cc
Brown goat talking: MTSOfan via photopin cc

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