Crazy Living on the Edge Goats

Apr 18, 2015Animals4 comments

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Crazy Living on the Edge Goats – Every single wild animal has a special environmental niche that it occupies to survive, and wild mountain goats have evolved to occupy some of the weirdest and most hard-to-reach ecological niches out there – steep cliff faces.

These goats aren’t crazy – the cliffs they spend most of their lives on confer numerous benefits, including protection from land-bound predators, foraging, and access to mineral licks. The harsh winds that sweep these cliffs clear of snow also expose the hardy grasses that these goats eat as well as the exposed mineral salts that they like to lick.

Some of the goats pictures here are Rocky Mountain goats from the U.S. This species is technically a goat-antelope, but the other goats pictured here, like the alpine ibex or the chamoix, are true goats.

These goats all have special adaptations that allow them to navigate their steep mountainous environments with ease. Unlike a horse’s hoof, their hooves are cloven, meaning that they can spread their weight and grasp the ground. The edges of their hooves are stiff and hard while the centers are softer, allowing them to grip tiny cracks or uneven, rocky surfaces.

Some of them even have rough, uneven pads of skin in between their hooves that further help them grip alpine surfaces.

What you are about to see is a collection of crazy goats that like to live on the edge..

It’s a crazy world out there so keep exploring..
 


Crazy Living on the Edge Goats


Image credits: Aladdin Shishani, Sandra, Lawrence Stolte, Julie Lubick, missionblvd.com, Julie Lubick (4x), Joe Wiggins

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