Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 12, 2013

Diga del Cingino dam in Italy

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:13 am


Can you see the goats on this dam?

+++goats_on_the_side_of_a_dam_2No, they were not on top of the dam but on the side.



Cingino Dam isn’t completely vertical, allowing ibex—such as these goats pictured in summer 2010—to gain some purchase.

Adapted to their perilous environment, Alpine ibex have evolved a specialized split hoof, whose cleft is wider than on any other split-hooved species, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The hoof also has a hard wall that can grab on to steep cliffs and a soft, rubbery inside that serves as a “stopper” when the animal is pushed forward by gravity, the magazine reported. +++++


By scaling Cingino Dam, salt-craving ibex, are showing ingenuity, taking advantage of this human-created thing in their environment.


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