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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wildlife Wednesday: Sure-Footed

When is a goat not a goat?
When it's a Mountain Goat, which, despite its name, is actually part of the antelope family.
The climbing skill of Mountain Goats is truly amazing as they scale rock faces that are almost completely vertical. This ability aids them in finding food and avoiding predators. (You'd have to be a pretty hungry Mountain Lion to chase your potential meal up the side of a cliff.) Often their greatest peril is a rock slide . . . or a misstep.
Here is some amateur video of a family of Mountain Goats (kids and all) demonstrating their famous sure-footedness . . . or sure-hoofedness.

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