U.K. Man Takes ‘Holiday From Being Human’ to Live as Goat

Goat-compressedLONDON — Amid discussion about transgender accommodations, and following reports of men in the U.K. who live as dogs in their private lives as a means of escapism, another story has emerged—this time about a man in London who took a “holiday from being human” to live as a goat.

Thomas Thwaites, 35, details his research project to live as a goat in the Swiss Alps in his book “GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human,” which was released on May 17.

“The dazzling success of The Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, ‘stuck in a big, dark hole,'” a description of the book reads. “Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday from the complications of being human—by transforming himself into a goat.”

Thwaites says that in 2014, he was discouraged after finding himself in debt, living at home with his father and not being able to find a job. He concluded that it would be beneficial to “step away from the complexities of the world and have a lovely holiday, not just . . . away from your job (if you have one), but away from your very self.”

“One day I was walking with the dog of a friend, and I noticed that the dog just seemed really happy about life—without any worries—and I thought to myself, ‘It would be really great to be you for a day,'” he told the Daily Mail.

But Thwaites didn’t want to live as a dog and decided rather to be an elephant. However, he learned that elephants experience stress, which is what he was attempting to escape. Thwaites was told by a shaman that his plan was “idiotic”—that he was more akin spiritually to a goat than an elephant.

So Thwaites studied goats and decided to move forward. He applied for a university grant to study goat psychology and searched for a herder that would let him live among the goats.

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Thwaites also contacted prosthetic experts in executing his project, seeking out the creation of arms and legs that would be similar to a goat’s. He additionally had an artificial stomach created, which was strapped to his waist and allowed him to spit up grass after crawling around on all fours with the herd.

“I could then strap this bag to my torso and spit chewed up grass into one opening and suck the cultured microbes and volatile fatty acids out another opening like a milkshake, so I can digest them in my true stomach and live off grass in the Alps like a goat,” Thwaites said.

He likewise wore a helmet as a means to disguise himself, but says that at first, not all the goats took kindly to him.

“I later realized that they were just letting me know there was a hierarchy, and I should know my place,” Thwaites explained. “The best moment was when one of the goats suddenly decided she was going to be my friend, and she just followed me everywhere.”

He also realized that he had not taken sexuality into account in contemplating the project.

“From a Darwinian perspective, sex is the whole point of animal life,” Thwaites wrote in his book. “However, I am sure my girlfriend would be extremely upset if she were cuckolded by a goat. … I will only have had sex with a goat if I wanted to have sex with a goat, and [that will only have happened] if I have managed to adopt the mindset of a goat.”

Thwaites soon realized that life as a goat wasn’t so easy after all, and he looked forward to getting out of his suit by the end of the day, sitting by a warm fire and eating a human meal.

He concluded his study deciding that it would be better to be a herder than a goat, and moved back to the U.K. where he is now studying the future of work. Thwaites is also working on an online service called Nebo, which is named after the Babylonian god of wisdom and writing.

Romans 1:21-25 reads, “[W]hen they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.”

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves, who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Commentary offered by Matthew Henry on Romans 1 also outlines, “For whatever may be pretended, as to the sufficiency of man’s reason to discover Divine truth and moral obligation, or to govern the practice aright, facts cannot be denied. And these plainly show that men have dishonored God by the most absurd idolatries and superstitions; and have degraded themselves by the vilest affections and most abominable deeds.”

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  • Amos Moses

    Why does he need an helmet …………….

    • The Last Trump

      It’s tough being a goat….?
      (Ironically, had he used the helmet earlier in life all of this nonsense probably could have been avoided. Too many times dropped on his head methinks!)

      • Amos Moses


        • The Last Trump

          And don’tcha just love the picture above?
          Even the goat seems to be thinking, “who in the world is THIS m0r0n!” 🙂

  • The Last Trump

    “Thwaites was told by a shaman that his plan was “idiotic” – that he was more akin spiritually to a goat than an elephant” !!
    Initially, I was like “Yes! Hello! Thank you Mr Shaman!”
    But then I finished the sentence. : (

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Poor goats! Isn’t this animal abuse? Doesn’t the creation world have rights to be free from mentally-ill humans? (Romans ch. 8) Why don’t these men work to earn daily bread if they are healthy?

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I think they eat “goatmeal.” 🙂

  • The Last Trump

    Wait a minute….
    Shouldn’t he be naked?

  • Nidalap

    Can’t just say he’s wrong to be doing this if you’ve already accepted similar perversions, now can you?

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      It’s getting a little weird, no?

      • Basset_Hound

        I once heard a story about a dude who went to Alaska to live with the grizzlies. It didn’t work out quite so well for him or for his girlfriend who tried to talk him out of all that craziness. One of the grizzlies thought a couple of elegant little bipeds might be an interesting departure from his usual fare. After all, they probably didn’t taste fishy.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          “uugh. Tastes like chicken.”

          • Basset_Hound

            That’s how the tour guide in Belize described how the iguanas that hung out in everyone’s gardens tasted.

  • Ronald Carter

    Is this story attempting to draw some kind of similarity between this disturbed man and transgendered people?

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      They are similar in that their supporters force others to condone gross falsehood. Man is not woman and humans are not dogs or goats. Period. The Western civilization’s liberty is founded on the ability to declare the truth as truth.

      • Ronald Carter

        No, Grace. It is a slippery slope, the idea that one idea will lead to something ridiculous. How many transgendered people are there worldwide? And how many people who think they are goats worldwide? No medical professional would take the latter group seriously.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          The problem is their supporters. LGBT people are being used by the people like you. Stop amusing yourselves by trying to bend the Christian conscience this century. Boredom is the cause of the well-fed people’s mental problem.

          • Ronald Carter

            Christians of all stripes are free to believe what they will, but science has the answers and I will listen to medical opinions far sooner than someone’s faith on matters such as this. As long as you call them mental problems you are not on the side of science.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            People are free to waste life, though it’s not wise. The best medical treatment for these men may be not-allowing them eat for a few days and then give them nutricious natural food.

          • Ronald Carter

            Your posts continue to amaze me, Grace.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Experiencing real hunger is what your civilization needs. Letting men work in labor camps may also reduce the number of mental patients among the population. You guys should force labor instead of immorality upon the people. Plenty of food and lack of laboring and lack of virgin women in the society – the ideal ingredients for mental illness for men.

    • Diaris

      Well, duh.

  • ComeOnPeople!

    As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Messiah.

    • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

      It will be a sad day for those who refuse to repent. For those who continue to live in rebellion against God and His Holy Word.

      • ComeOnPeople!

        Yes because it won’t be water but fire next time.

  • Diaris

    “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no goat.'”

  • Torotx56

    Goats to the left, sheep to the right.

  • Johnny Thorne

    That’s cool. I hope he does the fish thing at 300 fathoms next.

  • GD Blackwell

    Hopefully this will be obama’s future as well

  • Gena B

    So many people have such a hard time accepting who they are nowdays. Fast forward about 50 years in the future and marrying goats may be legal. Scary.

  • Greg Trujillo

    Thwaites was told by a shaman that his plan was “idiotic”—that he was more akin spiritually to a goat than an elephant. I say, jack-ass, and I’m not even a shaman.