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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ChixDigMe, Oct 28, 2010.
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.
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.
The little black and white kitten died.....................
how very sad is that.
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.
sad video..very sad! They had such sweet little faces
Oh this is very sad. poor things.
I can't help but laugh a little at the fainting goats. Just a little.
The kittens were just sad. Poor things.
Quote:No, not literally fainting, but it is myotonia congenita, otherwise known as 'fainting goat' syndrome. Typically only seen in goats.
Poor little guys.