I love goats. I hate bagpipes. So imagine my confused terror at the sight of a man (whose name, I’ve gathered by the video’s description, is Risto Todoroski from Sydney, Australia) emitting the sounds of death — because, let’s face it, bagpipes are the exclusive soundtrack to funerals — from the cleaned carcass of a super-dead, glossy-eyed taxidermied goat.
Todoroski doesn’t just blow into dead goats to make music, either. The guy makes tapans, or Balkan drums, from the skin of goats. (And he also sells flutes because why not do what you love?)
And animal rights activists have no reason to worry. Todoroski explains:
The goats are humanely slaughtered for meat by their owners in familiar surroundings, lured with a bucket of treats. No live transportation. No abattoirs!
I have no idea what that means, but PETA’s probably totally cool with it, right? I mean, the bagpipe goat was lured with a bucket of treats, and how sweet is that? No abattoirs!
Watching five minutes of this guy clutching a goat that looks like it’s clutching him even harder even though it’s dead just proves that music really is the universal language.