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What sounds do goats make?

02.21.09 | 8 Comments

A friend, that won’t be named, was frustrated with the question of what sound a goat made. Being the amazing and knowledgeable person that I am, I figured who better to provide some answers to this mystery?

So I set out provide Nilofer- oops, I mean my friend- some insight with only google at my disposal. I also realized there was context to my friend’s question:

  1. She was unaware that sheep and lambs were the same animal: so she probably would believe anything I said
  2. By “sound” she meant the human manufactured sounds attributed to animals as we grow up: so basically, don’t take this too seriously

So after journeying for a long and terrifying 10s through the interweb, I came across my answer: While the noises between sheep and goats are distinguishable by an experienced ear, goats also make a “baaa” sound in addition to a “maaa” sound. Goats also tend to be slightly higher pitched.

All this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as goats and sheep are closely related species, outside of number of chromosomes, stomachs, horns, etc… See chimeras.

For more goat sounds go here.

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  • On 02.21.09 nilofer wrote these pithy words:

    many thanks to you
    my friend still doesn’t agree
    all kids; books say maaaaa

  • On 02.22.09 jean wrote these pithy words:

    your detail page link isn’t canonical.

  • On 02.22.09 Viraj wrote these pithy words:

    Historical revisionism at its finest:
    Yes it is. Jean is a liar.

  • On 02.22.09 jean wrote these pithy words:

    Very funny. I was going to be nice and not point out the 2 incorrectly used apostrophes in this post, but I changed my mind. Why don’t you remove them and call me a liar again?

  • On 02.22.09 Viraj wrote these pithy words:

    What misused apostrophes do you speak of?

    I refuse to continue to play this game. I fear it’ll progress to me crying somewhere curled up in the fetal position 🙁

  • On 04.04.09 Conforming to One’s Audience | Ellipses wrote these pithy words:

    […] to my site revealed the traffic increase was due to, well… goats… More specifically, the sounds they make. Apparently, this is a common question. Most interesting is that I’m in top Google results […]

  • On 06.02.09 KrisBelucci wrote these pithy words:

    Hi, cool post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for writing.

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