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Word of Mouth - Goatman

Word of Mouth // Explore Switzerland // Oct. 13, 2016

The Swiss are very fond of their mountain goats.

One man – an Englishman – transformed himself into a Swiss mountain goat and went to live with a herd of goats near the village of Wolfenschiessen, near Lucerne.

Eccentric researcher, scientist and writer Thomas Thwaites received a university grant to study goat psychology and prepare for life as a Swiss goat.  He documented his metamorphosis in a book "Goat Man: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human".

Thwaites developed prosthetic 'goat legs' and a specially designed fake goat's stomach, which would digest delicious alpine grass before it reached his real stomach.

Goats have a digestive advantage over humans– they have four stomachs.

Thwaites interviewed neuroscientists, animal behaviourists, prosthetists and Swiss goat herders before heading to the grassy slopes.

It was, as you can imagine a far from idyllic life, at least for a human. After three days, cold and wet, constantly falling over and struggling to eat grass, Thwaites hung up his horns and his helmet.

He said at first the goats didn't seem to like him very much.

Sometimes he said "I thought they were really going to try and attack me. And they have particularly dangerous horns"...

He admits he didn’t make a very good goat.

Word of Mouth is bought to you by Garry Littman at The Language House, which offers English language training in Geneva and English language immersion courses around the world.  

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