I guarantee you this picture is not photo shopped, though it looks like it could be!


In Southwest Morocco, the land is extremely dry, and often the only available foliage is up in the trees.

While these goats are natural climbers-in the mountains-they do not have the natural ability to climb trees.


The goats' trainers teach the baby goats how to climb, and assist them in doing so, even trimming the trees in such a way as to make climbing easier.


The goats eventually learn to climb the trees on their own, and in the fall, when food sources on the ground are scarce, they spend most of their time grazing in the treetops!


Apparently, the goats and the Argan trees have developed a sort of symbiotic relationship, since the goats are unable to pass the inch long, half-inch wide seeds, and therefore spit the seeds out, often far from the host plant, increasing the odds of seed and seedling survival.


The obvious question:


If a goat can learn to climb a tree...How tough can it be for us to build and monetize a website?


Let us find inspiration in the Moroccan tree-climbing goats!


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RoopeshG Premium
You learn something new everyday.Its amazing to see goats in trees. thanks for this one.
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cosmicradio Premium
My pleasure, Roopesh.
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terryvandal Premium
I'm up for the challenge!! :) Goats are my second favorite animal :) In my foster home when I was 12, I had my own goat named Joy who used to run to me when I got off the school bus....lol
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cosmicradio Premium
That's an unusual pet, Terry. Hope it wasn't the fainting variety! :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Rick,

Some years ago I got a bottle of Argan oil for my birthday.Sometimes, like on a Sunday, I smear it on my face and neck and just leave it there for hours. I tell my better half to not look, he then goes to work in the veg. garden.
Argan oil is the most expensive oil there is, it goes for approx. 100 Euros a liter. In the summer time when food is scarce, the goats climb up to eat the leaves and seeds. These seeds are 68% oil.
It also is a food for camels. The seeds are being gathered from underneath the trees, there is no so-called agriculture like tree plantations, it is harvested from wild growing trees.
The oil has a strong aromatic taste and is used for salads etc. It is a highly priced ingredient for face creams
Babies are given a spoonful the moment they are born as a safeguard against bad spirits.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you for enlightening me regarding the many uses and benefits of Argan oil, Taetske! Those goats don't know what they're missing! :)
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Ivine Premium
Hi Rick, very funny. Irv.
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cosmicradio Premium
Pretty strange, right, Irv?
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Carol46 Premium
Very imaginative Post, Rick :))
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Carol. :))
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PatrickM1 Premium
Rick - Incredible! Thanks for sharing.
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My pleasure, Patrick!
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ericpierre Premium
Whoever doesn't believe you Rick, send him to me. I have seen those goats with my own eyes in 2011. At that time we traveled for 6 weeks through Morocco with our camper.
Thanks for sharing Rick.
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cosmicradio Premium
You know first hand, Eric!
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Mike-Writes Premium
Interesting post my friend. :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Mike. :)
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cizamazula Premium
Great post. Morocco is definitely on my list.
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cosmicradio Premium
Don't climb the goat tree, Siza! :)
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Aww, you are pulling my leg again, Rick.
That ain't nothin' but a BIG 'ol squirrel!
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cosmicradio Premium
You got me, Kaju! :)
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SuzaMarie Premium
Very cool picture!
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Suzanne! :)
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jvranjes Premium
If a goat can learn to climb...?

I assume you have never been to the Alps. Humans cannot climb as good as goats.

See the image, not my own, but I have seen them at such places. They go there in search for salt.
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cosmicradio Premium
That's impressive, Jove. I've never heard of them up in trees before, though.
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jvranjes Premium
There is a possible addition to Argan story, goats eat seeds and people collect them from their droppings as they apparently remain intact in their stomachs, and there you have the precious oil, one Moroccan told me this.
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HalimNajm Premium
Looks different. Goats on top of the tree. Got to see it to believe it.
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cosmicradio Premium
I never heard of it before, Halim!
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MKearns Premium
The Isle of Capri is a great place to learn more! http://www.mmtaylor.net/Holiday2005/pages/Capri.htm
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cosmicradio Premium
The "Isle of Goats" looks very interesting, Mike!
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MKearns Premium
What a fantastic sight Rick! I love this. Amazing! Thank you!
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cosmicradio Premium
My pleasure, Mike!
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verazhelvis Premium
A most interesting story, Rick.Inspiring, I would say...lol..:))
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Vera! :))
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