Fun Fact: Goats Eat Anything
Goats are known as a kind of ruminant animal with a four-chambered stomach specialized to break down chewed plant-based food inside and get nutrients for the body. Goats eat anything out of their curiosity and try to taste the things that they see. As one of the most curious animals, goats tend to explore while smelling and tasting their surroundings. They even taste fences and closures of their pens to unintentionally escape. However, they are more likely to eat plants, woody shrubs, peas, broadleaf plants, and fruits they can reach or has already fallen on the ground like ripe mangoes.
You can be surprised by seeing goats eating papers, clothes, cardboard, and spoiled goods if they are starved. Though goats eat anything, it doesn’t mean they eat everything. They are free-ranged domestic animals who decide for themselves which food to eat and not. They can be poisoned by harmful plants and killed by molds on their food.
After giving birth to kids (young goats), they also eat their placenta. This is a defense mechanism to help them hide the luring birth scent from predators and help them recover easily by consuming the placenta’s nutrient content after giving birth. This helps the goat recover from its bleeding as well.
Goats are also natural climbers compared to sheep and cattle. They even climb trees to get food. They spontaneously go to the direction of their choice whether they walk on plain grounds or climb and balance on precarious places to discover the surroundings. Their produce can range to cans, to dairies, and pastries in stores. In China, goats are used to eat grasses on tea farms. And because goats eat anything, the protein and calories they get are enough for their very active lifestyle. Even its droppings are used as fertilizers on plants.