Why do fainting goats faint?
The locking up is caused by a rare genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. It makes the goats’ skeletal muscles, especially in their back legs, suddenly tighten up and then slowly loosen again.
Myotonic goats are known as “fainting goats” because when something surprises or frightens them, their muscles go stiff for a short time, and they fall over! ... One explanation is that a natural mutation in a Tennessee goat herd created the gene that causes the stiffness.
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