Goats’ inhumanity to goats

My donkeys share a 300-year-old barn with a tribe of goats.

That’s what a group of goats is called. It’s an odd descriptive — you’d think it would be a herd — but it’s not as odd as a murder of crows or a clowder of cats.

Anyway, a few days ago, I walked in to see this:

Cute, right?

But although goats love to climb, the one in the window wasn’t playing.

She was being bullied by the others and climbed up on the ledge to get away, but then found there was nowhere to go. (Many of us still in quarantine right now can relate.)

Seeing this, and the constant delivery of prey to the baby owls on the barred owl live web cam, and you feel deeply the sharpest divide between humans and beasts, that of conscience.

Even guilty-looking dogs probably don’t feel guilt, researchers say. Their long faces are a response to our reaction to their bad behavior, not remorse over eating the whole turkey or chewing our shoes.

And goats definitely don’t feel bad about bullying a member of their tribe, or abandoning their loyal fans of 20 years for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Just sayin’.