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The Eyes Have It!

There's nothing like a bunch of farm babies to put a smile on your face! Although there is something very spooky about the eyes of goats and sheep. Very spooky indeed.

We saw these beauties at March Farm in Bethlehem today. We took the
kids there for a romp in the playground. (The grandkids as in kids, not kids as in... goatbaby kids, although there were two newborn kids in a little house with their mommy.)  A good day was had by all, and I got myself some great photos today!

And in case you were wondering... a goat (and sheep, and most animals with hooves) have rectangular pupils which allow them to see from 320-340 degrees. We people see 160-210 degrees. So, goats pretty much have eyes in the back of their heads... ask any kid, that is pretty spooky!

I say the EYES have it!

goat eye

March Farm Calf, Bethlehem CT

March Farm Reggae Sheep

March Farm, Bethlehem CT goat

March Farm, Bethlehem CT

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Comment balloon 18 commentsAndrea Swiedler • August 25 2012 08:59PM


Great photos Andrea!  Love the goats!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) about 6 years ago

Never knew that goats have rectangular pupils, and as a little boy I use to ride a goat. Kids are not afraid of anything even goats

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 6 years ago

Great pictures especially that one of that curly headed goat. Oh! I didn't know about goats being able to see so well.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 6 years ago

Rectangular pupils...I did not know about them. Gosh what wonderful things we learn right here on AR. Sounds like a good time and thanks for sharing.


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 6 years ago

Your photos make me want to sing, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm..."

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 6 years ago

Andrea, Those are some nice farm animals, great photos of them and have a great Sunday!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 6 years ago

Had no idea that these animals had rectangular pupils.........amazing.  Did I just give you 4 points?  LOL.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 6 years ago

Good morning, Andrea. You are right about the rectangular pupils. It is hard to find that "blind spot" in goats and sheep...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Andrea. great photos and love the first one and the fact that I learned something new today about some animals having better vision than humans :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) about 6 years ago

Kathy, thank you, hope you have a fantastic Sunday.

Jon, kids have no fear, you are right. You used to ride a goat to get places... or ride a goat because you could. I am laughing, have a picture in my head of you on a goat....

Sussie, the curly headed guy is a sheep. Isn't that wool amazing? More amazing to me that it is so dirty before we end up wearing it, LOL.

Margaret, yes, sheep have that too, but you just don't notice it as much. Goats eyes are very... scary.. LOL.

Michelle, LOL, me too!

Hello Tony & Darcy, have a fantastic Sunday and a great week. Thank you!

Roger, you did..... LOL.

Michael, it is hard to find that blind spot. They bring a new meaning to "eyes in the back of your head".

Rebecca, thank you! And yes, they do have better field of vision, better night vision.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 6 years ago

I knew that.............and am always willing to help a friend.  

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 6 years ago

Good morning Andrea. What fabulous pictures! I didn't know about the rectangulat pupils. That's amazing. Enjoy the day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 6 years ago

I have always found goat eyes a bit disconcerting. Now I know why they are that way, survival. Nature has a way of evening out the playing field. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 6 years ago

Farm animals have lots of personality!  They sure are fun to photograph!

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 6 years ago

Roger, me too, LOL.

Sheila, we learn something new every day, don't we!

Jim, me too. I guess that is why they are always in those horror movies, LOL. Poor things got a bad rap if you ask me.

Jeanne and Ralph, they are fun to photograph, but they don't stand still, and certainly don't say "cheese". More often than not my photos are blurry because they moved, or show the hind end.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 6 years ago

Nothing to fear here.  Different from us is only that, different.  Not bad, not spooky, just different.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) about 6 years ago

Hi Andrea,

I think they are so cute. I love all animals and their eyes are very special. When I go to the zoo, I like to full pictures of the animals and their surroundings and then I like to take a close up of their face as it is so special. Love the sheep.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) about 6 years ago

Leslie, they are cute, but those eyes, LOL.

Kristin, I haven't been to a zoo in years, I really should go. Thank you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 6 years ago