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Farm Breeding "Fainting Goats" Becoming Known The World Over

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Lancaster County, PA - On Goat Flower Farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania...those knee-high goats have a unique quality of their own...and just like that...the goat faints.

"They are commonly called fainting goats, but the correct term is called Myotonic goats," said Carol Ellis, of Goat Flower Farm.

When startled, or frightened, the goats' muscles tighten, causing them to tip over and become stiff as a board.

It doesn't hurt them at all. It's completely muscular, it doesn't effect any other system," said Ellis.

Ellis has been breeding fainting goats for close to 20 years. "I didn't think my claim to fame would be my fainting goats, I am called the 'Crazy Goat Lady' by many just because I love my goats," she says.

And just recently, Ellis' goats have been getting a lot of attention. MTV wants to use video of there's on one of their shows.

"They are going to put it on their show called 'Ridiculousness'. We were also contacted by the BBC and provided some footage for their show, which is
called the 'World's Weirdest Animals," Ellis said.

These goats may have an imperfection, but because of it they're living the good life.

"The uniqueness people like to have the fainting goats and they get treated like dogs or cats. They get a really good life. We just fell in love with them, they are the perfect goat in our eyes," Ellis said.

Myotonia is a genetic condition that gets passed from goat to goat. Ellis also sells her fainting goats to buyers all along the East Coast.
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