Afghanistan- A recent study from Johns Hopkins University in conjunction with Coalition forces, has shown a drastic increase of suicide rates among goats in the middle east. The study comes as a result of troops on patrol finding a large number of dead goats with no apparent injuries. The goats have been found everywhere from mud huts, face down in ravines, and at the bottom of steep rocky cliffs.
Dr. Steven Chonch of Johns Hopkins were sent the bodies of the goats to examine and determine cause of death. The fear was that that ISIS militants were poisoning water supplies and using chemical weapons. The study found that all of the goats examined had broken spinal cords and that all of the goats in question were otherwise healthy. “We were quite alarmed at first because we thought this was a chemical attack or some sort of poison that may spread to our troops on the ground. We needed to find a definitive cause of death. We brought in the best veterinarians that the U.S. has to offer to help find the cause. All autopsies concluded to the same result. Cervical fractures. The fractures were determined to not have been caused by anyone but the goats themselves. Some had blunt force trauma to the head that were consistent with falling from a high area which caused the fractures. Others were found with ligature marks around the neck area that show that some of these goats found a way to hang themselves and snap their own neck” explained Dr. Chonch.