You've heard of fainting goats, what about fainting kittens?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ChixDigMe, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. ChixDigMe

    ChixDigMe Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2007
    Snow Country - NY
  2. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Very interesting. I had no idea that this occurred in animals other than the goats. Poor kittens, unable to play like others. I imagine that in the wild these would not survive. I wonder why it did in the particular line of goats? Maybe a difference in the predators that would attack.
  3. NoelTate

    NoelTate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    Mobile, AL
    It survived in this line of goats because shepherds discovered the trait and bred for it. They selectively chose the goats who fainted and bred them to keep goats that would faint to put in flocks of sheep. When a predator attacked the flock, the sheep would run while the goat would faint. The predator would eat the goat, and the sheep would get away. Interestingly, this breed was almost lost until a small number of animals were found a few years ago and used to propogate the breed to its current numbers and popularity. If I am not mistaken, the flock that was found was in Tennessee.
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    The little black and white kitten died.....................
  5. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    how very sad is that.
  6. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am no expert, but the kitten wasn't fainting. It evidently had a brain issue/damage. It didn't look happy, so passing was probably a blessing.
  7. floridaquilter

    floridaquilter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2010
    Crescent City, FL
    sad video..very sad! They had such sweet little faces
  8. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Oh this is very sad. poor things.
  9. HLAC

    HLAC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    Central Utah
    I can't help but laugh a little at the fainting goats. Just a little.

    The kittens were just sad. Poor things. [​IMG]
  10. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Quote:No, not literally fainting, but it is myotonia congenita, otherwise known as 'fainting goat' syndrome. Typically only seen in goats.

    Poor little guys. [​IMG]

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