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The Fainting Goat can be traced back to the 1880s. This is the same decade as the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and when
Bill Cody opened his Wild West Show with Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Calamity Jane, and Annie Oakle.. A farm worker named John Tinsley who traveled from place to
place (perhaps looking for work) came to central Tennessee to the farm of Dr. Mayberry with four unusual goats that got stiff and fell down. It is believed that
John Tinsley came from Nova Scotia,  Canada, but no one knows where he found his unusual goats.
After only a year, John Tinsley moved on and left his goats (one buck and three does) on Dr. Mayberry's farm. Dr. Mayberry began to breed the unusual goats
and found that their babies got stiff and fell down too. He concluded that this must be a different kind of goat and called them Tennessee Fainting
Where Did Fainting Goats Come From?