As serious research librarians, we are always looking at sources that can help the Dracut community. Goat -Trauma.org is an organization that aims to address the dangers of petting zoo’s – especially with regards to goats. Did you know, according to the Goat Trauma website, that:
If a child is traumatized by a goat before the age of five, he/she is five times more likely to become a social deviant.
In a scientific experiment that seven out of ten goats prefer man-made fibers over natural fibers.
What can you do? According to the folks at Goat-trauma.org you should always remember the following:
- Never, under any circumstances, turn your back on a goat. This is Rule Number One of Goat Trauma Avoidance!!!
- Stay alert. Goats are deceitful and can hide just about anywhere.
- Wearing earth tones in goat-infested areas may offer some protection from goat attack, due their camouflaging abilities.
- Stay in civilized areas. While there have been reports of roaming urban goats, most attacks by loose goats take place in less populated areas.
No, you just can’t make this stuff up! Personally, not being an expert in goats, I’d suggest you always supervise your children around animals (including dogs). Teach your child to respect all animals – even if they are domestic. Since I’ve witnessed people posing their children in front of bison for that ‘christmas card’ moment, I would remind folks that wild animals should not be approached. There is a reason we call them wild! And if you go to a petting zoo, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer – better yet, do both!!
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