The Fainting Goat Phenomenon

 - May 25, 2007
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Have you ever scared a goat and had it topple right over? If you answered 'no' then you've never met a Tennessee Fainting Goat. These are a special breed of goat that will drop into a dead faint when startled - they actually topple right over. This phenomenon is completely painless and it has been put to good use throughout history - shepherds would use the fainting goats as a decoy to protect their sheep. If wolves were detected the goats would faint and the shepherds would have time to get their sheep to safety, while the goats distracted the wolves.