A beautiful smile is appreciated by all.Smiling indicates joy and positive energy, and our brains are triggered to send reward signals that make us feel pretty good when we see someone smiling.
People are the only pets that smile to express joy, with the exception of a few monkeys and apes.
In spite of this, scientists at Queen Mary, London University, discovered that goats appear to comprehend the significance of a smiling person’s face.
Scientists now know that goats can tell the difference between a joyous and sad face and rightly read person facial expressions. When the scientists went to a goat shelter, they showed 2 photos of goats at once.
A smiley face was depicted in 1 picture, and an angry face was depicted in the other.In a little platform, the photos were attached to a wall 3 meters away.
After that, the goats were allowed to enter the arena and interact with the pictures. The goats clearly preferred the cheerful face;
Goats were more likely to get the happy picture 1st, to interact with it for a longer period of time, and to work with it more frequently.
This showed the researchers that goats can read personal facial expressions and that they prefer to interact with energetic people.
It’s amazing to note that only when the image was posted on the right side did the goats prefer the smiling face.The goats were neutral about both pictures when positioned to the left.
The researchers speculate that this is because of how goats’ brains work;Good and negative emotions are thought to be processed in different parts of the brain in goats.
Regardless, the study made it abundantly clear that goats can differentiate between human expressions.
It turns out that goats are more intelligent than we think and can empathize with our emotions.Fortunately, goats tend to make most humans smirk because they are so adorable!