Ibex are wild goats. They have remarkable powers of balance and are natural rock climbers. The Alpine Ibex live in the European Alps and recently some amazing photos have been making the rounds in cyberspace, mainly through the forwarding of emails.
Take a look at the photos of them in National Geographic. These photos show the ibex set high atop the Cingino Dam in Italy. Apparently what attracts ibex to this almost vertical dam made from stone is the salt encrusted in it.
As herbivores, ibex crave salt that is not found in their natural diet of leaves, plants and twigs.
To learn more about the life of ibex, watch the BBC clip from its series Life.
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