Amazingly, goats are able to recognise the voices of their very young kids and tell them apart from the other kids. Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London, revealed this interesting fact in their report to the journal ‘Animal Cognition’.
Dr Elodie Briefer, who led the research, was surprised to find that the animals were able to pick out their own kids’ voices.
“A mother and kid rely a lot on smell to recognise one another and, in the wild, during the first week of their lives, the animals hide in vegetation and don’t call much. It’s a strategy they use to avoid predators,” she explained to BBC News.”The mothers call to the kids when they want them to come and feed, so we expected that kids would recognise the mothers’ voices, but not vice versa.”