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Fainting Goats….

http://www.jengajam.com/r/fainting-goats-video

Maybe Homewrecker could prove me wrong, but I can’t see this as being much of an evolutionary advantage. God must have been coming off a three-day bender…

4 Responses to “Fainting Goats….”

  1. Ah, the triumph of artificial selection over natural selection! Let us go forth and fruitfully mutiply all phenotypes that will get our pets killed in the wild! Halleluja! :D I’ll bet it’s the dream animal for ambush predators!

    Must be a recessive gene, so it doesn’t get eradicated in the population even though it is so clearly disadvantageous (like albinism, sicle-cell anemia, etc.).

  2. Dare I add in my 2 biological cents’ worth?

    Humans have a similar mutation, known as congenital myotonic dystrophy. It is indeed a genetic abnormality, but is interestingly enough a DOMINANT gene, but with what we call “incomplete penetrance” (i.e., though dominant, “less” of its effect may be seen in some individuals, more effect in others). It’s main physical finding is that of myotonia – the inability to relax muscles – hence, if you shake these peoples’ hands, they don’t let go! Unfotunately, also usually associated with mild to moderate mental retardation, so these goats may not only be myotonic, but somewhat delayed as well. Doesn’t bode well for survival in the wild…

  3. Kinda like my argument about the Giant Panda – poster child of the World Wildilfe Thingy – an animal that only has one food source yet only digests 10% of what it consumes…survival of the what?

  4. Elephants have the same problem, DJ, as do a few other animals. Cellulose being notoriously hard to digest, if animals don’t either evolve 4 stomachs like cows or eat their own poop like bunnies, the only way herbivores can get sufficient nutrition from grass & bamboo is to eat truckloads of it. If no other food source was available, and specialised digestive mechanisms are not present in the species, it’s a trait that does, in some way, actually make sense. Only now that humans have consumed so much habitat, however, is this digestive inefficiency really a problem.

    I can make no such arguments for fainting goats. That’s just weird. They should have been gobbled up ages ago. :)

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