Goats love people and are drawn to them.
And it’s for one reason only.
They have to smile.
It’s another example of animals being smarter than people realize.
Researchers showed goats photographs.
They were of the same person.
In one of them the person was angry.
In the other one the person was happy.
The goats made a beeline for the happy faces.
These were conclusions in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
The study was done by Alan McElligott, an associate professor in animal behavior at the University of Roehampton in London.
But why did he do it?
First of all, there almost one billion goats in the world.
McElligott wants people to treat goats nicely.
“We’re trying to raise awareness these animals are not just like planks of wood.
“They have fairly advanced cognitive ability, which would also mean there’s the potential to suffer such when they’re exported by ship or truck around the world.”
These results show that the human connection is not limited to dogs and horses.
The goats came from a goat sanctuary in the United Kingdom.
Goats Love People
The study says “goats can distinguish between happy and angry images of the same person, indicating that they can visually differentiate human faces conveying different emotional valences”.
The study notes that 51 per cent of the goats went to the happy face first.
Another 30 per cent went to the angry face.
The remainder just did not care.
All the goats came from a sanctuary.
It’s called the Buttercup sanctuary.
How can you not want to see them.
The goats that were attracted to the happy face spent more time looking at that photo than the goats who picked the angry face.
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