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May 20, 2020 - The Irish News

Goats understand pointing gestures, study suggests

Goats understand pointing gestures, study suggests
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Goats can understand human pointing gestures, scientists have found.

A team of international researchers, which included experts from the UK, have found that goats, like dogs and horses, are able to interpret this human cue.

They said their findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, have “important implications for how we interact with farm animals and other species”. Lead author Dr Alan McElligott, from the University of Roehampton, said: “Goats were the first livestock species to be domesticated about 10,000 years ago.

“From our earlier research, we already know that goats are smarter than their reputation suggests, but these results show how they can perceive cues and interact with humans even though they were not domesticated as pets or working animals.”

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