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peasant_python t1_ixe4hyx wrote

I was wondering about this ever since I borrowed a herd of goats during a couple of weeks last summer. I was told all the goats were going to follow the lead goats. Instead, there were at least two main lead goats (older females) taking turns and mostly general anarchy with different animals taking decisions.

A lot of older assumptions science has about hierarchy and leadership in animal groups is probably going to change as we ourselves learn to organize without excessive hierarchy.


TheRighteousRonin t1_ixg7o4x wrote

you borrowed a herd of goats?


minion_is_here t1_ixg9cnb wrote

Probably to mow down overgrowth like a briar patch or something similar. They're very effective for such purposes.