Taiwanese goats may have died from wind farm noise
Over 400 Taiwanese goats, whose pasture is right next to a recently erected wind farm, died a mysterious death, which may be due to exhaustion from the noise of the nearby farm.
The goats have died since eight giant turbines were installed clost to their field, and the constant noise may have led to lack of sleep for the animals.
The company, Taipower, has offered to pay part of the coast of moving the farm elsewhere. They are doubtful that the goats died from exhaustion due to the noise.
The farmer Kuo Jing-Shan had over 700 goats and now only has 250 left. The area where he lives, Penghu, is know for its strong winds, and the stronger the winds, the louder the turbines.
"The goats looked skinny and they weren't eating. One night I went out to the farmhouse and the goats were all standing up; they weren't sleeping.
"I didn't know why. If I had known, I would've done something to stop the dying," he told the BBC's Cindy Sui in Taiwan.
Only Mr. Kuo has had so many goats die however, but he claims this is because his farm is only 40 metres away.
"Abnormal noises could affect the normal growth and feeding intake of animals and cause them to suffer sleep deprivation," Lu Ming-tseng said.
Mr. Kuo said he can't survive near the turbines anymore.