Sunday, May 29, 2011

Goats are naturally resistant to radiation?

Goats may have a natural resistance to radiation, and we are talking nuclear bomb radiation here. With the number of radiation leaks that have occurred in the past, including the most recent in Fukushima, maybe it is time to take a closer look at goats.

The goat’s resistance to radiation was discovered after Hiroshima. Tests were conducted in a group of Pacific Islands in 1946, among them the Bikini Atoll and Christmas Island. All the people were relocated, but there were cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and goats.

(Note: We got this information from a paper entitled The Genealogy of The Philippine Native Goat [Capra hircus] written by Joseph S. Masangkay, DVM, Ph. D, Hideyuki Mannen, Ph. D, Yoshio Yamamoto Ph. D, Takao Namikawa, Ph. D, and Philip Alviola, BS MS. It was printed in Animal Scene, a local magazine. However we found some websites, and that say otherwise. We will try to get in touch with Masangkay for clarification, and will scan article at a later date for your reference).

After the blasts, all the animals died, one after the other, except the goats. Blood tests showed the animals all died of aplastic anemia, which has to do with the ability of the body to replenish cells in the bone marrow. Blood tests on the goats showed that everything was normal.

So aside from the cheese, butter, yoghurt, ice cream and goat meat (not to mention the ornaments and clothes that can be made from the hair), maybe it might be a good time to find out why the goat is so radiation resistant.

Let me confess—if I had a goat, I could not bear to do more with it than keep it as a pet.

So here are some tips on how to bathe a goat:

1.     Pour half a gallon of water on your goat to get it sufficiently wet.

2.     Pour one-quarter gallon of water mixed with a tablespoon of soap on your goat. Leave it on for four minutes.

3.     Rinse your goat with two gallons of water.

4.     Give the goat time to dry off before returning it to the cage.

5.     Bathe your goat weekly to keep it healthy.

These are photos I took of Philippine goats. It’s very rare to find a pure Philippine native goat these days because the government had this really aggressive program to introduce Boers, Nubians and other imported goats, and found out later that hybrids did best in our weather. These goats are probably a mix.

Pure native goats usually:

1.     Are smaller than foreign goats.

2.     May have patches of different colors or are plain brown or agouti with a black strip on the dorsal spine.

3.     Have short, almost erect ears. The face is straight and the nostrils will be more flared unlike the Nubian or boer goats which have Roman noses.


Benny and Lily said...

momma said we can't get a goat to bathe
Benny & Lily

M S said...

Nice pictures of Philippine goats. Oaky I won't think of Caldereta when I see them. will think of cheese instead. I don't know but I always compare myself with goats, maybe because my Spanish teacher informed me that if I somebody misspell my surname of Cabrido to Cabrito, I would be a goat! Hurray for the sturdy, peace-loving and charming goats!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love all goats,,
We could never eat one,

Priscilla said...

Thanks for the info. I didn't know about it at all.

BeadedTail said...

Goats are very interesting! We have goat furiends who blog at so we love goats!