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Italian Goat Dam (Video)

Italian Goat Dam (Video)

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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5:41AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Amazing, I have seen goats in the Alps and also in Montana,(Glacier park), they are natural climbers, don't know how they keep their balance. It is exciting just to watch them.

2:54AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Those goats deserve their props, and so does the person who made the video

2:53AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Wow.

3:28PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

boy......!!! I was sweating from my hands with the second video; What an amazing, and I mean AMAZING !!!!, animals they are, so beautiful! Many, many thanks for sharing this, love you Megan.

7:37PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Beautiful. Thank you!

4:43PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

We are lucky to have them in Switzerland! In the mountain we can see them easily; they are always looking at you when you are taking the same way, as if they were waiting for you to follow them…

10:36AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Amazing creatures!

5:54AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

The Ibex deserve their props! They are awesome! I LOVED the music to it. Thank you for posting this Megan it was amazing

1:18AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

amaizing ,wonderful creatures

12:42AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Wow! Amazing videos. Thank you.

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