Experts have discovered that not just dogs and horses have a close connection with humans, but goats as well. Based on the latest study conducted by a team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), goats gaze at humans when they need help just as horses and dogs.
According to Alan McElligott, lead author of the study, goats are among the first livestock species domesticated by humans thousands of years ago.
He stressed that during the study, these horned animals gazed at humans asking for help whenever they had a problem they could not solve on their own. Plus, their responses after human interaction proved how similar they are to dogs.
It is worth mentioning that goats gazed at humans even if they were not domesticated, meaning that they initiated that communication as wild animals. Goats were domesticated by humans a long time ago for their milk, meat, and hair.
It is known that goat’s milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk because goats are more pretentious when it comes to food. These horned animals are part of the skilled livestock which scientists discovered that have high cognitive abilities.
Thanks to these skills, goats can communicate with humans and solve various problems. According to Christian Nawroth, QMUL scientist, these results prove that humans and animals have a deep level of connection which has been established a long time ago.
Before the technology developed, these animals served as the most valuable assets of everyday life in many aspects of human activity including farming, safety, food, and means of transportation.
For instance, dogs are still used as guards not just as simple pets, whereas horses are still used to travel long distances. Before the invention of vehicles, horses were used as the primary method of transportation.
During the study, the goats had to remove the cover of a box to get a reward. But at the final stage of the experiment, the treat was made inaccessible for the animals, so they turned towards humans and gazed at them as if they asked for help.
They kept gazing even if the persons participating in the study had their back turned on the goats. Scientists will continue their investigation to determine whether other animals can establish the same connection with humans as dogs and horses did.