Goat kids can develop 'accents' according to study
According to a study published by Dr Elodie Briefer and Dr Alan McElligott, baby goats will adjust the sound of their calls to mimic those of their social group. It's just like human Texas babies developing a drawl, right? The BBC has the story:
"We found that genetically-related kids produced similar calls... but the calls of kids raised in the same social groups were also similar to each other, and became more similar as the kids grew older."
"This suggests that goat kids modify their calls according to their social surroundings, developing similar 'accents'."
Dr Briefer suggested that the social structure of the goats could be the motivator behind the convergence in calls.
"This could act as a 'group member badge' allowing them to identify members of the group, differentiate them from members of other groups, and increase group cohesion," she told BBC Nature.