Thursday, March 1, 2012

Goats on a tree

You wander the Moroccan desert lost, dehydration and the scorching sun draining the life from your body more and more with each passing moment.
An oasis appears. A pool of water at the base of a lush tree promise relief from the heat and hope that you may yet find your way home.
You run towards the oasis but then stop suddenly. Did that tree just bleat at me?
You rub your eyes and, as the illusion evaporates into the unforgiving sun, you realize: that tree isn’t covered in foliage, it’s covered in goats. And that pool of water? That’s goats too.
You murmur to yourself: What the $!&#.
The argan tree is a drought-resistant tree endemic to the semi-desert region of southern Morocco known as Sous valley. The fruit of the argan tree is primarily used to create argan oil, which can be used in cooking or as a cosmetic product.
The argan tree is also frequently assaulted by hungry goats, who will climb the tree and strip it bear of leaves and fruit.
The goats are said to have learned how to climb trees out of necessity to survive in this harsh, infertile land. They certainly look like they know what they’re doing, as they appear to move as they please between the branches while whimsically supporting themselves on even the smallest space.

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