Let me explain these Myotonic goats to you. They have this special genetic thing that makes them faint or stiff in certain situations. But out in the wild, that's not great for their survival. You'd think that in nature, traits helping animals survive stick around, right? And the ones that don't, they disappear. But here's the thing: smart folks are wondering why these goats have this condition if it doesn't help them survive.
According to evolution, animals should adapt and get better traits over time to survive. But with these fainting goats, it's like they're stuck. They faint at the smallest surprise, which isn't good for them at all.
If evolution was working as it should, these goats should've gotten rid of this fainting thing ages ago. I mean, imagine if every time you got startled, you just fell over.
People might argue that humans purposely bred these goats for their funny fainting episodes. But why would anyone do that? It doesn't make sense to breed animals in a way that makes it hard for them to survive. It's like trying to breed a racehorse with three legs.
Sure, some say these goats were bred to be smaller and less jumpy, so they couldn't escape from enclosures. But let's think about it for a sec.
First, if the goal was just to have smaller goats that can't escape, there are better ways to do that without making them faint. There are lots of goat breeds naturally smaller in size without this weird and problematic fainting thing.
Second, even if breeders wanted smaller, less jumpy goats, it still doesn't explain why fainting had to be part of the deal. It's a totally different thing that goes against the whole idea of selective breeding.