The Tree Goats of Morocco

Did you know goats could climb trees? Well, anyway, I didn’t but it turns out, goats climb trees very often in Morocco.

These Moroccan goats you see in the photos climb the Argan trees with incredible ease, in order to get to the delicious fruits that the locals use to make oil. I knew some things about goats, but the fact that they climb trees was not one of them. And before you start yelling “It’s photoshopped!” check out the video at the bottom.





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  • chachi Posted on July 16, 2008

    holy cow, that’s amazing.

  • peter Posted on July 17, 2008



  • w Posted on July 17, 2008

    funny goats confused tree with mountain

  • Joss Posted on July 17, 2008

    This video has been photoshopped !

  • f Posted on July 17, 2008

    Don’t you mean holy goat?

  • jim bob jones Posted on July 17, 2008

    it’s videoshopped…

  • David Posted on July 17, 2008

    It’d be neat to see a video of the goats jumping into the tree.

  • jesuswuzanalien Posted on July 17, 2008

    Fake, they photoshopped out all of the tin cans from the tree.

  • Pesho Posted on July 18, 2008

    It’s premiered!

  • Barbie Posted on July 20, 2008

    dats weird

  • Michael J. Schmitz Posted on July 23, 2008

    My thoughts are that they at one time were being persued by a predator and took to the tree up high for safety. So the trait continues. Its truely amazing and one of a kind.

  • Rob Posted on July 25, 2008

    It’s a rare Goat Tree.

  • Lewis Posted on July 26, 2008

    Goat tree?
    Isn’t that a type of beard?

    …..I’m sorry

  • Rozmarija Posted on July 27, 2008

    It’s true. They eat the “nuts” which grow on those trees. After the nuts have passed through their digestive system and are expelled, boys gather and sell them to people who process them and express an oil from them, which is used in cooking. The digestive system softens the out shell. That’s the truth, no kidding. We have a little bottle of it but have never tried it.

  • ngagspa Posted on July 28, 2008

    I saw this myself in 1973, after reading about it and not believing it either. There was no other vegetation anywhere else around, so I assumed the goats went into the tree to get what little green stuff existed. I didn’t know about the nuts.

  • cribcat Posted on July 29, 2008

    If you were hungry you’d climb a tree in a heartbeat. Even dogs can climb trees

  • Angel Posted on August 1, 2008

    Goats do not climb trees!!! It is the sheperds who put the goats up in the tree. They do it because there is no grass in Marroco, then they can eat leaves from the trees.

  • Beefy Posted on August 4, 2008

    Angel you really should check the internet before saying dumb shit. Google tree climbing goats and you’ll find video of them climbing the argan trees. A new idiot finds the internet every day!!!

  • Jenna Posted on August 4, 2008

    Amazing! That’s so cool.

  • Tomaz Posted on August 4, 2008

    Saw this in Peru up in the Andes. But not quite as many as these Moroccans… Thinking about it now I suppose it was the same reason – not much grass around so they thought they’d give the tree a go.

  • Jesse Posted on August 4, 2008

    Nahhh guys, they weren’t climbing the trees, that’s where goats come from. They are credited as being the only animal in the world that spawns from plant life. It’s true, look it up. They don’t mate and give birth to babies, like all other animals in the world. No joke. I thought everyone already knew this though, the goats featured in the video were ripe, so they fell, hence the saying “The goat doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

  • Brian Posted on August 17, 2008

    Ive seen them recently was in Morocco 2 moths ago and saw the goats climbing trees near Agadir.

  • oh shit Posted on August 18, 2008

    finally the truth comes out!

  • steve Posted on August 18, 2008


  • Anon Posted on August 20, 2008

    Jesse is made of so much win (s)he probably shits goats. That’s a lot of win, too.

    Also, this comment box is horrible. Next time implement a way for the user’s message to not disappear if they click elsewhere then back in the box.,

  • xacto Posted on August 24, 2008

    Dammit, there goes my escape plan when zombie goats roam the earth.

  • mono Posted on August 29, 2008

    OBVIOUSLY PHOTOS———-oh, okay, wow.

  • Cool Photos Posted on August 30, 2008

    holy cow
    I would never think about something like this

    what tree is that? a so thin branch should break under the weight of a goat!

  • Arrica Lee Posted on September 4, 2008

    OMG!!! That was something unpredictable……..are you sure this is not photoshop work?

  • limpingwolf Posted on September 6, 2008

    My father used to tell us all storys about the family goat that climbed trees. Everybody thought he was a bullshitter! Ooops sorry Dad

  • b Posted on September 7, 2008

    that is obviously shopped you idiots

  • Amanda Posted on September 8, 2008

    Cool! Do you think a Goat Tree would grow in the midwest, or is it too humid here? Also, how difficult is it to rake up uncollected, over-ripe goats from your yard? (I don’t want to accidentally run over one with the lawn mower, might damage my blades)

  • Eddie Posted on September 8, 2008

    I saw the video but still can’t believe it…they have hooves!!!!
    They are ground dwellers that haven’t been told so

  • Colton Posted on September 10, 2008

    So am I to understand that watching a goat fall out of a tree should be that much more hilarious than watching a squirrel fall out of a tree?

  • asdaffa Posted on September 14, 2008

    Evolution in process

  • Ghanaer Posted on October 3, 2008

    It is prety odd.

    I took part in an expedition to Ghana in Africa this summer, and I spotted a goat up a shea nut tree. It was bizarre.

  • Cool steer Posted on October 16, 2008

    My sister thinks she is a goat. She falls from trees too.

  • Cool steer Posted on October 16, 2008

    actually she is a goat.

  • zZz Posted on October 31, 2008


  • curty Posted on November 14, 2008

    this is shit

  • Chouaib Posted on March 3, 2009

    I’m from morocco and I come from the south of the country (Souss) where this is a common thing. This even more spectacular when you know that this tree (Argan tree) has stings on the branches ….

  • RStY Pkeq Posted on April 20, 2009

    Goats don’t meow… WTF

  • ipis_everywhere Posted on September 28, 2011

    Dem goats smoked some good morracan hashish eh????