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Friday, March 30, 2018

A Goat Story

Remember my goat story three years ago? He came to 'pet' me when we were visiting the village where hubby's uncle lives. Story here. I've just found out the goat's name is Manja (pampered in Malay).

Me and Manja when he was just a kid
We were driving into the village to visit Uncle Beng during the Chinese New Year when we saw Manja, now a full grown billy goat, charging head-on towards an oncoming motorcyclist and head-butting the vehicle! Next, the old goat rammed his head against a tree nearby when the man on the motorcycle chided him!

Uncle Beng explained that Manja had wandered too far off into the next village and the owner had to look for the old goat to herd him home. Manja wasn't quite ready to return to his pen and like a spoilt brat, he was throwing a tantrum!

Suddenly, Manja started to bawl hysterically as if something spooked him. He darted back into his pen on his own. According to Uncle Beng,  the old goat went weird because he knew it was going to rain. And sure enough, within minutes, raindrops came pouring down!
Manja
Apparently, Manja is one spoilt goat, hence the name. As the villagers were largely Hindu, Manja is considered a sacred animal and is honoured and revered. Hindus believe that animals may contain the souls of their ancestors or may be reborn as friends and family members. Besides, Manja's weather forecasting ability makes him even more important! He is a reliable weather vane and his predictions are 90 percent spot-on. In fact, the villagers count on him to tell them when it is going to rain. If he is near his pen, rain is expected. If he is far out in the next village, the weather will be fine!

Evidently, goats hate water. I wasn't able to google for a scientific answer. Veterinarians have not identified any reasons. Goat breeders don't have the real answer either and so far no goat whisperer has come forward with an explanation! It would be really interesting to know why.


I wanted a take a selfie with Manja but Uncle Beng cautioned that the ornery old goat was likely to head-butt me.

After watching this video, I am sure glad I didn't!



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27 comments:

Sandee said...

That's one nasty goat. Sacred or not, I'm not thinking I would stand still for that.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

mail4rosey said...

That goat in the video was such a jerk, lol!! I suppose he had a bell on for good reason. ;)

A GAL NEEDS said...

It seems to me that the goats actually feel like they run the show and take advantage of it big time! Not sure I would want to give them that much advantage over me! LOL! Have a good week!

Lin said...

I think it's a goat "thing." I have not heard too many friendly goat stories.

Mascha said...

Your post just made my day! Made me smile imagining this stubborn goat...
According to the Chinese horoscope I am a goat and Ifind myself trying to "head but through walls" quite often. Now I understand why :)

stevebethere said...

Aww! nice photos,

LOL @ the goat in the vid I would run haha!

Have a butttastic week :-)

alissa apel said...

Oh goats. They can be a pain, but the ones I've been around were always nice to me.

MARIE MOODY said...

Oh my gosh, that's too funny! Me? I would've run for the hills. Those bunts look like they hurt. Love the video though that guy was funny!

MARIE MOODY said...

Did I leave a comment? hmmmmmmmm Thought I did... but as far as goats... let them stay on their side of the fence & I'll stay on mine! hehehehe

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

No I don't think a selfie with the goat is a good option. He's predictably unpredictable.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Veronica,

I had no clue goats do not like water. Maybe, they are kin to cats? :) I don't think I'd want to get near him for fear of being rammed. Thanks for visiting my A2z iPad art sketch 'dolphin' and joining my WW linky party. Have a delightful day!

Amanda McCusker said...

I always thought it would be cool to have a goat. I didn't know they didn't like water either. It is always interesting to learn new things.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

A spoiled goat, that is cute :)

Mary (cactus catz) said...

laughing, Manja is awesome. He can be the new weather uhhh person? 90% is way better than they do.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O MY!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
Hugs,
Deb

passion fruit, paws and peonies said...

How cute!! I love this story of a grumpy old goat - there's a kids book in here somewhere...! x

Mrs Tubbs said...

I've never come across a goat that's even remotely friendly so it must be a thing.

Clairejustine said...

Oh wow, how scary. I never knew they could be like this :( Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up. Hope you can join me today.

Pinkiebag said...

I have a soft spot for goats but had no idea that they dont like water #fabfriday

Heather Keet said...

How awesome that he can predict rain! #GlobalBlogging

mummyhereandthere said...

Poor goat it is a hard life to live X #fabfridaypost

Sarah TheRealLaraShoe said...

eek I wouldn't want to get butted by a goat. Thanks for linking up with us #FabFridayPost

Lisa Pomerantz said...

What a great story! Love this ol' goat! #FabFridayPost xoxo

mainy said...

What a cool goat! I think I would be more scared of him than he is of the rain!
Mainy
#KCACOLS

First Grade Class said...

Silly old goat! Did not know they did not like water. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

Coombe Mill said...

Goats are such characters, we keep them here on the farm but even though our Billy Coat is quite placid I don't let the guests in with him. #KCACOLS

kid can doodle said...

Goats DO seem to be very in vogue lately – I've even seen the goat yoga! cheers, Lana #KCACOLS

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