Why Are Goats Eyes Sideways?

Goats are herbivores, and need to be able to protect themselves when a predator comes along.

A broad line of sight, aided by wide, rectangular-shaped pupils, allows them to see danger approaching from their peripheral vision.

Why do goat eyes look weird?

Side-slanted eyes like a goat’s belong to grazing prey. Using computer models, the researchers confirmed that sideways eyes produce a much wider field of vision than eyes like our own. The shape of their pupils also allows them to take in more light.

Why are goats so weird?

One of the most bizarre behaviors displayed by goats is their sudden impulse to faint. Myotonic goats, a common domestic goat in the U.S., have a genetic condition called myotonia congenital that causes their muscles to stiffen when they’re frightened.

Why are goats eyes different?

In other words, goats have weird eyes because they help keep goats alive. Meanwhile, the team found that vertical, slit-shaped pupils help small ambush predators like cats and snakes judge the distance of prey and other objects so they know how far they have to pounce.

Do goats eyes rotate?

Grazing animals like goats also rotate their eyes when they bow their heads down so their eye slits are parallel to the ground at all times. They can rotate more than 50 degrees per eyes or 10 times more than the human eye.