The Ultimate Fainting Goat Quiz
The name fainting goat may seem a bit weird, but it's not some kind of animal joke. Take this quiz to learn more about the goats that faint.
Why do these particular goats faint?
- prone to fright
- congenital medical condition
What is myotonia congenita?
- Weak heart that loses beats when the goat is surprised.
- The muscles tense when the goat is startled and don't relax immediately.
- It’s a condition similar to asthma that cuts off air supply when the goat is startled.
What happens as the goats grow older?
- Fall over less.
- Fall over more
- Fall onto their hind parts.
Technically how does myotonia congenita work?
- The legs suddenly relax instead of tensing.
- After the muscles receive signals from the brain to tense up, there is a long delay until the orders to relax.
- The brains sends mixed signals to the muscles causing the goat to lose balance.
What gene is affected by myotonia congenita?
- Nitrogen Hippocampus
- Sodium Hypothalmus
- Chloride Channel 1
What does this gene do?
- produces proteins
- transmits brain signals
- controls strength of muscles
What relays brain's message for muscles to contract?
- positively charged sodium ions
- negatively charged sodium ions
- neutral chloride ions
What relays the relaxing message?
- negatively charged sodium ions
- positively charged chloride ions
- negatively charged chloride ions
How does myotonia congenita mess up the process?
- It increases the amount of sodium carrying contacting orders.
- It causes a shortage of chloride carrying the relaxing messages.
- It diverts the chloride ions to other parts of the body.
How much pain does the goat experience during a "fainting" episode.
- They don't feel pain.
- The pain is brief but intense.
- They exhibit signs of embarrassment but only a little pain.
What does the Humane Society have to say about selective breeding of fainting goats?
- They are very disturbed.
- They are lobbying to legislate against the breeding of fainting goats.
- They are not overly concerned.
Is myotonia contagious?
- highly contagious
- only in mating season
How well does the fainting goat survive in nature?
- it doesn't
- only in Asia and Europe
- reasonably well
What is unnatural selection?
- It is cross-breeding of different species.
- It is any form of genetic engineering
- It is human intervention to ensure survival of weaker animals.
When did the myotonia congenita begin to emerge as a distinct breed?
Why would a farmer raise a herd of fainting goats?
- Their upkeep costs less.
- They are easier to control.
- They live longer.
Can the fainting goat be used for meat in light of the excessive muscular tensing?
- The meat is tougher and not very popular.
- They are used for milking not for meat.
- They supply meat that is leaner and more plentiful.
Why were fainting goats used at one time to accompany herds of sheep?
- When the herd was attacked the goat would faint and become an easy kill while the herd escaped.
- It's antics would keep the herd alert for danger.
- If the herd were attacked the fainting goat would freeze of faint thereby scaring off the predator.
What other purpose do fainting goats serve?
- to test noise levels
- for scientific research
- for amusement
How many myotonia congenita goats are there in the United States?
- 2,000 to 3,000
- 3,000 to 5,000
- 5,000 to 7,000