You haven't heard Christmas carols until you've heard goats bleet them.
Starting with Jingle Bells (above), these tracks are from an album titled All I want for Christmas is a Goat – remember this? – released by ActionAid Sweden to raise awareness on how beneficial goats can be to the world's poorest families. The bleets, baas and cacophonous screams of the creatures, cut to popular Christmas carols, is equal parts alarming and hilarious.
The album with the caprine versions of popular Christmas carols from
Jungle Bleets Jingle Bells to Silent Night, from Rudolf to Joy to the World, has been getting a lot of attention since its release. Justifiably.
The proceeds from the album will be used by ActionAid to help fund the process of gifting two goats – or a pregnancy – to poor families. On its website, the organisation explains how, in some parts of the world, goats can survive in climates too dry to grow crops, providing milk and wool, and helping struggling families attain self-sufficiency.
ABC News reported an Action Aid manager Miriam Isaksson as saying "A Christmas album is of course something we do with a twinkle in our eye, while we want to show how important a goat can be for people living in poverty."
The album comes with a subtitled introductory video, which reads:
"When it’s cold outside and the darkness of winter prevails, the Christmas goat invites us all to an emotional moment by the fireplace. Gather the family and enjoy the warmth, listening to the most popular songs of the season. All I Want For Christmas Is A Goat, a Christmas album warming families all around the world. Listen and spread the spirit to your friends. Give your loved ones a goat from ActionAid this Christmas."
And we couldn't end without this one. Merry Christmas!