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Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper keeps goats and chickens on her smallholding in France, where she aspires to live as sustainably as possible. She follows the latest research on farm animal behavior and has mentored on animal welfare courses.
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Articles by Tamsin Cooper

Goats at Sanctuary Reveal Smart Secrets on TV
May 1, 2019 · · Ownership

Goats in a UK goat sanctuary show off their intelligence and skills for scientific research and TV documentaries. But why do such delightful animals end up at a goat rescue?

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Brain Training for Happy Goats
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Selective breeding brings about obvious changes in size, conformation, and yield. Additional physical and behavioral changes accompany selection for any specific trait, and these are sometimes quite unexpected.

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How Do Goats Think and Feel?
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Have you ever wondered what your goats are thinking and how they feel about life? Such questions encouraged Elodie Briefer, a Swiss animal behavior researcher specializing in …

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The Natural Lives of Goats and Their Kids
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Despite thousands of years of domestication, goats still retain most of their natural behavior when learning, exploring and socializing. I expect you’ve noticed how a dam leaves …

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Goats Prefer People with Smiling, Happy Faces
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy, Ownership

Researchers aimed to find out by watching goats at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, England, and recording their reactions to photographs of different human expressions. They found that goats prefer people who were smiling.

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Breed Profile: Hawaiian Ibex Goats
March 14, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites Breed: The Hawaiian Ibex goat is not a true ibex, but rather a feral goat, also known as the Hawaiian feral goat or Spanish goat. Origin: Goats …

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Goat Cast Steals The Show
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites A daring theater production staged a bold innovation — a goat cast live on stage! Royal Court Theatre, London, England, ran the play from November 24 to …

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Goat Images Take the Podium
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Goats recognize emotion in images of goats’ faces; goats look to humans for help and learn from us; goats’ personality differences affect learning … and many more research findings!

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Goat Games Reveal Caprine Intelligence
March 14, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Goat games are fun to watch, and watching goats is a hobby of mine. Once they get used to my presence and go back to browsing as …

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Icelandic Goat: Conservation Through Farming
March 14, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites A passionate young woman and her family battle against cultural and legal obstacles to save a unique and endearing rare goat breed, the Icelandic goat. Her animals …

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