Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 12, 2013

Diga del Cingino dam in Italy

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

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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.

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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. +++++

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

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