Goats are one of the oldest domesticated animals on the planet.

Experts believe that humans first domesticated goats between 9,000 and 11,000 years ago.

Goats can hear each other's voices.

Mother goats can recognize their babies' distinct bleats shortly after birth, and vice versa. Furthermore, studies have shown that as young goats grow, they pick up accents from other members of their herd.

Goats do not consume cans or clothing.

Goats, like human toddlers, inspect everything with their mouths and will gum (not eat) almost everything they come across. In reality, goats are extremely finicky eaters who will only consume the most nutritious things.

Goats are incredibly agile animals.

Goats have amazing balance and agility despite their unassuming appearance. Many goats can not only leap up to 5 feet in the air, but they can also mount steep cliffs and even climb trees!

Goats are responsible for the discovery of coffee.

According to Ethiopian folklore, a goat herder named Kaldi discovered the stimulating characteristics of the coffee berry after seeing that his goats (bless their gorgeous hides) had a little extra spring in their step after eating the plant. He ate some of the berries and the rest is caffeine history.

The best gift is a goat.

Donating Heifer goats in honor of friends and family is a simple, fun, and meaningful way to celebrate the holidays! Meanwhile, one goat will help a family out of poverty. It's a no-brainer!