Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Are Goats?
Gary the goat used to live on a farm, but now he is free! The only problem is that he is not sure where to go and how to find his food! Read on to learn about the lives of goats, and how Gary will adapt to his life as a goat out in the wild.
Goats are mammals. This means that they have fur, give birth to live babies, and are warm-blooded. Gary, just like all goats, has a long body, short legs, and a short tail. Gary is a small goat and only weighs 20 pounds, but some of his goat friends weigh as much as 250 pounds! That's about as much as an adult athlete! Gary has soft and curly fur, but some of his friends have short and coarse fur.
Where Do Goats Live?
Like Gary, many goats live on farms. When they live on farms, goats live in pens, or small fenced-in areas for animals. Farmers put straw inside the pens for goats to sleep on. Now that Gary is no longer a farm goat, he can choose to live in North America, Asia, or Europe. Some of his predators are mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, so he does want to stay away from the mountains where these animals usually live.
What Do Goats Eat?
Gary is an herbivore, which means that he only eats plants. When he lived on the farm, his farmer fed him hay and grain. Now he likes to graze on grass and other plants on the ground. Goats like Gary have a really interesting way of digesting their food. They chew their food a little bit, swallow it, and then spit it back up into their mouths to chew again! This helps them make sure they get all the energy they can from their food.
How Do Goats Grow?
Did you know that baby goats are called kids? When Gary was a kid, he only weighed 6 pounds, which is about how much a human baby weighs when it is born. Gary was born by himself, but lots of goats are twins or triplets, just like people! Gary drank milk from his mother for about 8 weeks, and most of his goat friends stopped drinking their mothers' milk by the time they were 12 weeks old. Gary and his friends will live to be between 10 and 12 years old.
Fun Facts About Goats
- Gary can jump higher than 5 feet. That means he could jump over most children!
- Gary has a few friends that are called fainting goats. This kind of goat stiffens and falls over when they get excited.
- A group of goats is called a trip!
Goats are mammals, which means that they are warm-blooded, have fur, and give birth to live babies called kids. They are herbivores, which means that they eat plants like grass and grain. Many goats live on farms and stay in pens, or fenced-in areas, where they sleep on hay.
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