Man stressed out by human life decides to live as goat

A man who was extremely stressed out by human life decided to take a holiday from it, living as a goat instead. Poor kid.

Thomas Thwaites, known as Goat Man, received help from Salford University making the prosthetic limbs he needed in order to blend into goat society. Once they were made, he headed to the Alps.

After finding a goatherd willing to let him join the flock, he set about learning how to goat. It wasn't easy at first, blending in:

"It’s much easier to walk up on my prosthetic front legs. So I ended up quite high on a hill surrounded by goats," he told Motherboard.

"That was possibly a goat faux-pas, because it shows dominance by how high in the herd you are. I looked up and all the other goats were looking at me. Everyone else had stopped chewing and it was in that moment, when I thought, “those horns look quite sharp”. Luckily, I think I made a goat friend. He made a move, and it kind of diffused the situation."

Not as easy as goats make it look. Pictures from / Thomas Thwaites' excellent book GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human.

Back on his feet and blending in seamlessly.

Unsupportive Shaman

Thomas decided that in order to escape his stress, a normal holiday wasn't enough, as he'd still be a human with human stresses.

"I tried to become a goat to escape the angst inherent in being a human," he explained on his website.

"The project became an exploration of how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals. But instead of the ferocity of a bear, or the perspective of a bird, the characteristic most useful in modern life is something else; being present in the moment perhaps."

"Anyway I ended up in the Alps, on four legs, at a goat farm, with a prosthetic rumen strapped to my chest, eating grass, and becoming a goat."

Before he decided to be a goat, Thomas considered acting like other animals.

"I initially wanted to be an elephant, but it wasn’t going very well," he told Motherboard. "I visited a shaman, and she said 'you’re an idiot'. So, I decided to be a goat."

True freedom? Thomas, living as a majestic mountain goat.

Embraced by the herd. GoatMan in full prosthetics.

Research grant

As you'd expect, it's not cheap to suddenly decide to be a goat. Fortunately Thomas received a research gran, allowing him to buy the technology he needed to truly become Goat Man.

His book follows him as he builds his exoskeleton / Goat Man costume, and the prosthetic goat stomach he needed in order to digest grass, before setting out on his life with the goats in the Swiss Alps.

GoatMan has no plans to solve crime or supervillians under with his new grass-digesting powers, as it would interfere with his life as a conceptual designer / author in London.

His holiday from human life lasted six days: Three days he spent with goats, and three days he spent as a lonesome goat after he lost the herd.

His book is available on Amazon, and as you can obviously tell it's worth checking out. No kidding.

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