Goats in Morocco do climb trees naturally, and help to create argan oil in the process — they eat the trees ‘ fruit, and then release nuts through their waste.
Morocco’s Argania trees are infested with nut-hungry goats . Grown almost exclusively in Sous Valley in southwestern Morocco , the Argania is a rare and protected species after years of over-farming and clear-cutting.
There’s an explanation for the strange phenomenon. Argan trees produce a fruit that looks like a shriveled olive and ripens each year around June. Goats happily climb up to 30 feet above ground to munch on fruit from the argan tree .
In places like the south west of Morocco, North Africa, where the plants and trees are far apart and fewer, goats use their climbing skills to find their food. Getty Images. Here the animals have climbed up an argan tree to get to the fresh fruit at the top.
Goats are usually able to stay out in the rain without any shelter and not develop issues. In fact, they can even be left in the rain overnight and will likely be fine. Normally, goats are pretty good at coming back in when the rain gets too cold or the weather gets too severe.
Actually, the oil is pressed from fruit that has been picked by human hands, making the tree-climbing goats a nuisance. Still, one can appreciate their remarkable athleticism. But collecting their poop to isolate the nuts is a myth. As much a myth as the one about argan oil having magical properties.
Native only to Morocco , Argan Oil is pressed from the kernels of the argan tree. This is the purest form of Argan Oil and is used natively for various purposes such as: skin treatment(acne and moisturization), hair care and even cooking. Moroccan Oil : Commercial Moroccan Oil is a modified version of Argan Oil .
They have slim bodies that let them shimmy over ledges and squeeze close to rocks. Their hooves are split into two sections, allowing them to spread the halves to grip a larger rock surface. The bottoms of their hooves have rubbery pads, like shoe soles. The pads provided the goats with even more traction.
They normally poo once after a feeding. So about 3-6 times a day .
Goats have remarkable balance : their hooves are split, which allows gripping and spreading into even the smallest of spaces. You rarely find goats toppling over… unless they’re fainting goats .
One reason is that goats are prey animals and it’s wired into them to get to the highest point to watch for predators. If you watch a herd of goats browsing, there will always be one that is on a higher point than all the others. This is the watcher who will alert the herd to a predator nearby.
Goats will damage and eventually kill trees by browsing on the leaves and shoots, stripping the bark, and rubbing their horns on the trees . Your goats cause worse damage when they don’t have access to any other plants to eat , but they enjoy tender bark and leaves even when grass and shrubs are available.
Goats get their reputation for eating almost anything because they like to walk around and sample a wide variety of foods, as opposed to grazing a pasture like cows or sheep. Goats will eat hay, grasses, weeds, grain, and sometimes even tree bark!
Habitat. Mountain goats are found in the Rocky Mountains, typically in Alaska, western Montana, central Idaho, South Dakota, Colorado and Washington. The wide spread of their cloven hooves allows them to climb steep mountain sides with ease.