Why Do Goats Have Rectangular Pupils?

Why Do Goats Have Rectangular Pupils?

Goats, like most other ungulates such as horses and hippopotamuses, have rectangular pupils. This unique shape helps goats see 280 degrees around their bodies, but their horizontal pupil shapes make it difficult for them to see much on the vertical axis. This eye shape is more common in herbivores, whereas vertically slit pupils are the norm for predatory animals.

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    Goats have rectangular pupils, similar to most other undulates. (0:33)

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    Goats have incredible climbing skills thanks to their two-toed hooves that can easily spread and grip. (1:58)

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    Goats can develop accents in their calls when they move to different goat groups. (2:35)

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