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Goats filmed walking on near vertical dam

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:54 PM

Footage from the dam in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Northern Italy shows the Alpine ibexes about half way down the rocky wall.

The goats appear to easily walk along the bricks of the wall despite the fact that it is a near vertical face.

http://www.telegraph...rtical-dam.html

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

What you can't see is that they have special suction cups in lieu of hooves that allow them to "stick" to natural surfaces. ;)

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:01 PM

I wish I had spiderman powers as well


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:29 AM

Spidergoat!

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:31 PM

Amazing, and I know people who can barely stand up on level ground.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:20 PM

If the cheapskates would put out a few salt/mineral blocks the goats wouldn't need to risk their lives in such precarious positions.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:56 PM

Dam crazy goats


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:38 PM

I am struck as to how seemingly fearless such animals are.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:57 PM

Wow, I couldn't imagine seeing that.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:47 PM

Amazing captures!

I could have done without all that new age music though.  It doesn't fit.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:49 PM

View PostShortyStuff, on 17 October 2013 - 04:20 PM, said:

If the cheapskates would put out a few salt/mineral blocks the goats wouldn't need to risk their lives in such precarious positions.

Climbing is what goats do... they live in the mountains and climb it's their nature.  They would do it regardless.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:36 PM

View Postpallidin, on 17 October 2013 - 05:38 PM, said:

I am struck as to how seemingly fearless such animals are.

It probably helps they have no real conception of what happens when an accelerating object meets and immovable solid surface, or of death for that matter.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:44 PM

View PostSundew, on 17 October 2013 - 09:36 PM, said:

It probably helps they have no real conception of what happens when an accelerating object meets and immovable solid surface, or of death for that matter.

True enough. I've seen this type of behavior in extremely dangerous "free rock climbing" with some humans.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:48 PM

That was mind blowing...


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:29 AM

I can hardly stand to watch them.   We saw them on rock cliff faces in parts of the Appalachians too !  Unbelievable the way they can do that.

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