German scientists have found that domestic goats can focus on the gestures of the person, if you want to find treats. Of the 20 goats who took part in the experiment, 9 followed the hand of experimenter, and even in that case, if there were two buckets. However, when the goat pointed to one bucket sitting next to others, she preferred to go second, which means that the hand gestures in some cases, goats may prefer the position of the points in the space, write the scientists in the journal Frontiers in Pdychology.
The process of domestication implies that the communication between animal and man is well established. A good example of this, of course, the dog not only can they respond to their name and execute commands, but also understand the speech regardless of who says their owner or a stranger.
Since dogs is not the only domesticated animals, it is logical to assume that to obey man not only can they. For example, for several years, confirmation has been established with the person communication try to find at pet goats: we found out that the downcast human persons, these animals prefer smiling, and can ask the person for help.
Now scientists led by Christian Nawrot (Christian Nawroth) from the Institute of biology of the Pets Association the Leibniz decided to check whether the goats pay attention to the gestures of the people. Just their experiment involved 13 goats and 7 goats. Before the experiment, each animal showed a red bucket with treats and taught them how to approach them and get the treats out. Thereafter, goats were put a few meters in front of the experimenter, who showed in one bucket: the animal had to recognize the gesture and approach the bucket to get a treat. To simplify the task for the animal, the experimenter also alternately watched him and the bucket.
Of the 20 goats coped with the problem 9: only they were able to recognize the gestures of the experimenter optimal number of times (6 times in a row out of a possible 16). Nine goats (two females and seven males) took part in the next task. This time, the researchers used more than one bucket, but two, but the food was only one, and the experimenter showed it to him. The experimenter was sitting between the buckets and showed the need or the appropriate party by hand, or opposite, or sat in front of one bucket, and showed another. In the control condition none of the buckets are not shown.