Science has made yet another Cute Discovery! Apparently the behavioral intelligence of dogs and goats is pretty comparable. That might not sound earth-shattering, but as dogs slowly win rights as sentient creatures, exploring the intelligence of other creatures takes on a whole new meaning. I mean, what’s next? Citizenship?
But seriously, despite goats not be considered a traditional companion animal, a recent study published in Biology Letters suggests that goats are one of the few domesticated species who display a certain level of dependence on humans not unlike dogs.
Which is kind of a sciencey way of saying goats, like dogs, are derpy AF.
It also means that like domesticated dogs, goats look to humans for things like care-taking, problem-solving and all sorts of other hyphenated things.
For instance, the researchers put goats in a situation where all these goats had to do to get a treat was remove the lid from a container, but just like a dog, these goats would look to the humans present for an assist. Like, “Puh-lease can I have the treat?!” Sounds pretty dog-like to me.
You science nerds can see the behaviors I’m talking about in the video below:
But because cute always wins, here’s a ridiculously cute video of a Chihuahua puppy playing with baby goats: