Friday, 18 April 2014

Clever Goats Can Learn Quickly

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer | April 16, 2014 03:43pm ET

Goats might be smarter than once thought — it turns out, they can quickly learn and remember how to perform certain tasks, according to a new study. The findings may help explain goats' ability to adapt to a variety of environments.

In the study, the researchers trained a group of goats to retrieve food from a box by pulling a lever, and then lifting it. It took the goats 12 tries on average to perform the trick.

"I wasn't surprised that they managed to do the work. I was surprised that they got it so quickly," said study author Alan McElligott, of Queen Mary University of London.

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