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Alpine goats go for walk on near-vertical dam


Posted on Thursday, 17 October, 2013 | Comment icon 34 comments

Alpine ibex live at altitudes of up to 1500ft. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nino Barbieri
Images have appeared online showing the animals balancing precariously on an extremely steep wall.
Alpine Ibex are well known for possessing impeccable balance that helps them to traverse mountainous terrain with ease, but one group of goats in Northern Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park have taken this to a whole new level.

Laura Antimiani had been trekking in the region when she came upon a near-vertical dam on which 11 goats were grazing. The animals didn't seem phased in the slightest by the extortionately steep wall that they were teetering along, instead focusing only on licking the salt and minerals off the rocks.

Antimiani described her feelings towards the spectacle as "an indescribable emotion".


Source: Telegraph | Comments (34)

Tags: Goat, Ibex

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by SkepticalB on 19 October, 2013, 1:31
It's like Madonna scaling Hoover Dam with split high-heel shoes. I'd also enjoy seeing the attempt and the results of that attempt
Comment icon #26 Posted by pallidin on 19 October, 2013, 4:01
Wait, I think I got it. The fact that a goat has "cloven hooves" perhaps allows the feet to straddle an edge, with one part of the split foot on top, the other just below it, and their skin/muscles/tendons whatever in between the "split" helping the grip. Just a thought.
Comment icon #27 Posted by libstaK on 19 October, 2013, 4:07
Wait, I think I got it. The fact that a goat has "cloven hooves" perhaps allows the feet to straddle an edge, with one part of the split foot on top, the other just below it, and their skin/muscles/tendons whatever in between the "split" helping the grip. Just a thought. This has been really bothering you hasn't it? lol.
Comment icon #28 Posted by SkepticalB on 19 October, 2013, 16:11
I just assumed all the satanists were right all along and the goats really are beacons of dark magic.
Comment icon #29 Posted by pallidin on 19 October, 2013, 16:59
This has been really bothering you hasn't it? lol. I know, huh. Actually I was thinking of how they can do this with respect to safer rock climbing shoes for people. But I don't think a human foot has the ability to properly handle a cloven shoe. There goes my "Shark Tank" idea. Dang.
Comment icon #30 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 20 October, 2013, 0:03
Am I the only one who think the music in the video is incredibly out of place...? They're goats climbing a dam, not starving children in a famine...
Comment icon #31 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 20 October, 2013, 3:54
It's just a walk in the park for them. lol
Comment icon #32 Posted by Mr Turk on 20 October, 2013, 22:53
Seen something similar in Montana on a dam that was a little less vertical. Pretty amazing to witness this phenomenon in person
Comment icon #33 Posted by lightly on 20 October, 2013, 23:44
It bothered me most to watch little tiny ones do it! In the "smokies" or thereabouts.
Comment icon #34 Posted by longhairlover on 23 October, 2013, 2:14
They must have a very strong awareness of balance and of their center of gravity.


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