Morocco's Nimble Goats

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Goats grazing on precariouslysteep hillsides is a common sight, but perched high atop the branches of a tree? That's a sight you will only see if you go all the way to the North African country of Morocco.

The nimble animals are not a special species, just normal goats that have learnt to adapt to the country's aridenvironment, where their main source of nutrition comes from the tiny berries that grow on the Aragan tree.

Since the trees are sometimes as high as 30 feet, the only way the goats can get to the berries, is by scaling up. Over the years, they have not only figured out how to climb, but also prance around nimbly from branch to branch like ballerinas.

While the climbing goats are in itself fascinating, what is even more interesting is what happens with the goat 'poop' after they have eaten the Aragan berries. The dried-up droppings are collected by the locals, who wash them and then grind and press them to extract oil - Used, for cooking and cosmetic purposes.

Though the whole thing may sound a little gross, Aragan oil is reputed to be very healthy and highly coveted, with a quarter liter of good 'quality' oil retailing for, as much as, $50 USD!

Sources: looklex.com,webecoist.com

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305 Comments
  • abbyMonday, May 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    crazy
    • sara5Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9:02 am
      OMG....... i would not pay $50 for goat boo......
      • izzysk8er
        izzysk8erWednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm
        wow cool!
        • sarah Monday, April 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm
          this is soooooooooooooooooo cooooooooool!! rock on
          • janezaTuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:07 am
            these goats r ssssssssssoooooooooooooooooo cool
            • rynorampag
              rynorampagMonday, March 12, 2012 at 11:35 am
              How did they get in there?
              • rynorampag
                rynorampagMonday, March 12, 2012 at 11:32 am
                Strange
                • Fifi123Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm
                  Goats in a tree
                  • cheerluvr#1Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 9:33 am
                    OMG thats soo cool i never knew that could happen!!!!!
                    • MkWednesday, December 21, 2011 at 8:00 am
                      This article is so cool! i think it's cool that these goats can climb a tree by themselves.i enjoyed the video so much. But I have one question.......how can these goats climb a tree by themselves ,like what do they do to climb a tree? But I loved the artical and the video.