Dog and Goat's Love Story Resurfaces Amid Claims One Was 'Friendzoned'

A Twitter thread detailing the love between a dog and a goat has gone viral after it resurfaced online, amid claims the latter was "friendzoned."

The unusual friendship was the subject of a study by professor Paul Zak for the BBC, after conducting previous studies into the role of oxytocin at Claremont Graduate University in California.

Keen to study the effects of animals on each other's levels of the neurochemical, after previously looking at human input, he headed to an animal refuge in Arkansas.

There he met a domestic mixed-breed terrier, and a goat, both young males who regularly played together, "chasing each other, jumping towards each other, and engaging in simulated fighting (baring teeth and snarling,)" the study in The Atlantic said.

Zak obtained blood samples measuring the base levels of the "neurochemical of love," and again after letting the pair play for 15 minutes.

He explained the results, saying: "We found that the dog had a 48 percent increase in oxytocin. This shows that the dog was quite attached to the goat. The moderate change in oxytocin suggests the dog viewed the goat as a 'friend.'

"More striking was the goat's reaction to the dog: It had a 210 percent increase in oxytocin. At that level of increase, within the framework of oxytocin as the 'love hormone,' we essentially found that the goat might have been in love with the dog.

"The only time I have seen such a surge in oxytocin in humans is when someone sees their loved one, is romantically attracted to someone, or is shown an enormous kindness."

The study was published back in 2014, but the animals' ill-fated love story has resurfaced after being tweeted earlier this week.

Rachel McCartney shared excerpts online, saying: "I can't stop laughing about this friendzoned goat."

The tweet has amassed more than 46,000 likes, as people sympathized with the ruminant.

John Drolte asked: "Wait, they have clinical tests for the friendzone now? So you're telling me instead of asking the person I'm enamored with if they feel as I do, I can have their blood tested instead?? Oh thank goodness that will be so much easier!"

Mark Swanson joked: "Dog: Yeah, Goat's cool. We gonna see Thor next weekend. Goat: If Dog doesn't love me, I'm setting myself on fire."

"You know, when I saw this I thought it was gonna be, like, the GOAT of being friendzoned, some dude who was laughably un-self-aware about it or something. I was NOT expecting it to be an actual factual goat. May he live a long and happy life chewing everything his heart desires," @abarthloser wrote.

The moderate change in oxytocin suggests the dog viewed the goat as a "friend."
Zak

Chuckie DeFinster pointed out: "This is literally how we all feel about dogs. Dogs got the whole world friendzoned."

"Omg this poor goat," @eleanoir said.

Sister replied: "The heart wants what the hearts wants."

Jerry Squirbin quipped: "The GOAT of friendzoned goats."

KS tweeted: "It was only 15 minutes. Give it time & the dog may well fall for the goats charms."

While Stephen Bolton added: "At some point in our lives we are all the goat."

Newsweek reached out to Zak and McCartney for comment.

File photo of dog and goat.
File photo of dog and goat. A study has resurfaced detailing the relationship between a dog and a goat. Sonsedska/Getty Images

Oxytocin has long been linked to positive feelings, with Harvard Medical School calling it the "love hormone."

They explained: "Oxytocin is a hormone that's produced in the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland.

"Our bodies also produce oxytocin when we're excited by our sexual partner, and when we fall in love. That's why it has earned the nicknames, 'love hormone' and 'cuddle hormone.'"

Low levels are linked to depression, with exercise and music two ways to try and boost levels.

"Just the simple act of touch seems [to] boost oxytocin release. Giving someone a massage, cuddling, making love, or giving someone a hug leads to higher levels of this hormone and a greater sense of well-being," they said.

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