Goats have split hooves with a hard wall surrounding a softer "frog". A goat's horns are bone incased by keratin, the protein found in our hair, skin, and nails. Horns will continue to grow throughout a goat's life and provide protection as well as a back scratcher (as we saw Jill doing today!) and they are a thermoregulatory organ to help goats maintain their body temperature. Their thick coat of hair is very different than sheep's wool, but provides body warmth. Goats have 32 teeth at adulthood consisting of 24 molars and 8 lower incisors in front, but no top incisors. The top jaw only has a gummy dental pad. Goat's eyes are different than humans. Our pupils are circular, but a goats are horizontal and oblong or rectangular, which gives them panoramic vision to see wider angles and absorption of more light for better night vision. Goats milk was the first used by humans, even before cows milk, and is very high in calcium, vitamin A, and niacin. Goats love to eat everything - from grass,leaves, plants, and hay to their daily grains, fruits, veggies, seeds, even crackers, pretzels, chips, and leftover pizza - goats use their 4 stomachs to process their food variety! Our students got to feed the goats some treats today.
We are very proud to share our family of goats with our Camp Curiosity students and we hope the children all enjoyed visiting with our school's farm friends to learn more about a variety of animals with hands-on experiences! Like our goats, a child's curiosity is ever growing with hunger to learn through their senses and exploration of the world around them, and our goal is to foster that wonderful learning!