The Nimble Goats Of Morocco


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Goats grazing on precariously steep 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 goats are not any special species, just normal animals that have had to learn to adapt to the arid Moroccon environment. In an area where food is scarce, one of the main sources of nutrition for the animals, is the tiny berries that grow on the Aragan tree.

However, the trees are tall, sometimes as high as 30ft., and the only way the goats can get to the berries, is by climbing up. Over the years, they have not only figured out how to climb, but also prance around 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 'droppings' are collected by the local people who wash them and then grind and press them to extract oil - which is used for cooking and cosmetic purposes.

Though the whole thing may sound a little gross, Aragan oil is apparently very healthy and highly coveted and a quarter liter of good 'quality' oil can set you back as much as $50USD!


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      • Andieover 11 years
        Awesome!! I'll do this for my project at school! Thanks DOGO!!! (P.S. I raise goats and I wish mine could do this!)
        • HIover 12 years
          Cooool. i like these goats
          • Tiffanyover 12 years
            I am so doing this article for my school project. I think I will have the best one in the class! Thanks so much for posting this!
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