Yes, apparently goats have accents. Who knew?
According to researchers at Queen Mary University of London:
Goats don’t have their own language, but they do seem able to pick up accents from one another, scientists found in a study of calls made by young goats.
The researchers say their results could have implications for our understanding of the evolution of vocal learning, or as it is known in humans, speech.
The ability to learn a range of sounds and modify them according to the environment was thought to be reserved to a handful of animals, including some birds, whales, dolphins, bats, elephants, and the most extreme example, us.
I suppose that’s why my goats here in Italy always add an extra “aaa” at the end of their calls. Kind of how my great-grandmother used to-a speak-a the English.
Whatsamatta? You no-a like-a my-a funny? Fine! I’mna-gonna-eat-a-my-a-fiori!
Seriously though, this is interesting stuff. Anyone who has ever had more than one goat knows there are sharp differences between their calls, so it does make sense to me that some of their “speech” patterns can be learned like ours are.
I just love how with every scientific discovery, it seems that humans and animals are even more closely related that we thought — confirming what so many of us already know in our hearts.
Have you ever noticed a goat’s call change after being moved into a new situation?
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