It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a….Goat in a Tree?


Last updated on August 26th, 2016

Tree climbing goats

Photo: Arnaud 25

A bunch of Moroccan goats are giving the odd Tennessee fainting goats a run for their money when it comes to the weirdness factor!

Nope, these goats don’t faint at the slightest bit of excitement or fright — and that’s a good thing, because they’ve taken to the trees!

Yes, you read that right. These goats hang out in trees; argan trees, to be specific. Like giant, furry, wingless, four-legged birds. The goats go out on a limb because they simply love the argan tree’s leaves and nuts, which are also prized among humans, who use argan oil for cooking and in natural remedies.


Goats that climb Argan trees

Photo: Ken Feisel

These goats don’t possess any special talent; they’re just exceedingly sure-footed and clever (or perhaps foolish?) Goats are, by nature, extremely good climbers. In fact, many goats are native to areas with treacherous mountain terrain, so they’ve evolved to be very confident climbers. These Moroccan goats have repurposed their mountain climbing skills, applying them to the argan trees instead.

As you can imagine, these tree-faring goats have garnered lots of attention, especially from travelers. If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, goat lovers will need to book a tour to see these incredible tree goats. But make sure to avoid traveling between May and August, as they’re not allowed to climb the trees during these months. That’s per order of an alliance, formed in 1995 to preserve the precious argan trees.


Goats in a tree

Photo: Dromedar61

If you’re looking for a bit of entertainment closer to home, simply import an argan tree, purchase a few goats (though steer clear of the Tennessee fainting goats…unless you’re up for a bit of extra entertainment) and presto — a fabulous, live action lawn ornament!

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