May 17, 2016

The Remarkable Climbing Prowess of Alpine Ibexes

 

In this video captured by Andrea Battisti of Hybrid Wildlife, we get to appreciate the remarkable climbing ability of Alpine ibexes (Capra ibex); a species of wild goats that live in the mountains of the European Alps.

Here several Alpine ibex are observed on the sheer face of a dam at the Antrona Valley Natural Park in Italy. The goats scale the dam in order to lick the stonework and obtain minerals and salts.

The fearless and sure-footed ibex have soft, split hooves that can grip like a pincer. They also have excellent eyesight and short, powerful legs. For more pictures of the dam-scaling ibex, check out Hybrid Wildlife

 

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