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Nature's Comedian: the Goat

Ransom Riggs

Any preschooler can give you a rundown on the basics of barnyard noises: the cow says moo, the rooster says cocka-doodle-doo -- but what does the goat say? According to this video, he says WHAT?! I think he sounds more like Krusty the Klown than Jerry Lewis, but you can decide for yourself. (Watch multiple times in a row to really give yourself the giggles.)

Yep, apparently some goats sound a lot like people. Funny people, like Usher. Really? Yep, see below -- though for this to work, you have to hit play on both YouTube players in quick succession.

This Spanish TV host learns not to mess with a goat -- they take it personally. (Actually, this is an ibex -- a kind of wild goat.)

But goats don't just sound funny. "Fainting" goats are some of the funniest-acting animals I've ever seen. As Chris Higgins explained in a post about the goats from a few years back:

Because of a neuromuscular condition called myotonia congenita, fainting goats go stiff ("faint") when startled or excited. ("Premium fainters" can even fall over on their backs, legs sticking up in the air.) In the event of an attack on your flock, the fainting goat would be a sort of (excuse the pun) sacrificial lamb for predators — a briefly catatonic goat making an easier meal than a fleeing sheep. Although the condition is not a true "faint" — the goats are conscious the entire time — it's a strangely endearing trait.