It's no secret that animals, just like humans, can get bored without a little stimulation -- but this holds especially true for goats. Numerous studies have found that goats kept in captivity without proper enrichment opportunities are less happy and healthy than those given the chance satisfy their insatiable desire to run, jump, climb and just have a good time.
In fact, having fun is in their nature.
"Somewhere in the evolutionary development of Capra hircus [domestic goats], curiosity and play drive emerged as positive force for survival," writes Dr. Sara Savage, in a guideline on goat enrichment. "A healthy goat is an active goat. It is important to provide ample opportunity for exercise."
Harkening back to their days scaling rocky cliff-sides in the wild, domesticated goats seem to take particular pleasure in climbing and balancing on virtually any object presented to them. So with that in mind, folks who care for goats, both as pets and livestock, have gone to great lengths to keep their animals entertained.