Friday, February 12, 2010

Crazy Goats

Living in mountainous regions around North America, mountain goats can be found at altitudes of up to 13,000 feet, climbing cliffs all day long, in search of food. Thanks to their cloven hooves, each featuring two widely-spaced toes that provide great balance, mountain goats can challenge any seasoned climber and probably best him.

Their double-layered, thick white coats provide camouflage in snowy settings, but the altitude they can reach provides enough protection from most predators. And if they happen to run into trouble, they can jump 12 feet in one leap, and reach a safe point. Just check out the pics to get an idea of their climbing capabilities.

















































This is such pure insanity that I thought was a total hoax the first time I saw it, but those really are goats and they really are in trees.

The tree the goats are in is an evergreen argan tree. It is found mostly only in Morocco. The tree reaches heights of 25-30 feet, and has a knobby, twisted trunk that allows for goat climbers. The goats climb the tree because they like to eat the fruit of the tree, which is similar to an olive.











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37 comments :

Anonymous said...

These Goats got balls!

Anonymous said...

Goats in trees is tourist trap. The goat farmer puts them up there.

dimitr said...

Отличные овцы и интересное фото

Steve said...

Nice, one bad photo though, its a lamb not a goat. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardpeters/499329541/

gih said...

wow! these rocky mountain goats are not only expert in moutains but also on trees. So amazing kids!

dennis said...

Amazing goats. I can't believe on what I saw.

Caneel Joyce said...

"Anonymous said...

Goats in trees is tourist trap. The goat farmer puts them up there."

Sorry Anonymous.... but who cares how they got up there, really? They stayed up there, and that's the amazing thing to appreciate about these photos.

Great post!

Anonymous said...

My bum is on your lips... my bum in on your lip... on my god! My bum is on your lips!!!

hans said...

yes,

above the medical springs in KOS,Greece (Hippocrates area) i many times see goats that walk over a negative angle!!!
angles near the vertical are in fact easy
hz , E, netherlands

HIsoo7 said...

waw

Anonymous said...

they do it cause thay don't know they cann't. be more like them

Sickler said...

Being a climber who has had some encounters with mountain goats before, I can tell you that they do indeed "best us" when it comes to climbing speed. But I can also tell you that, once, we "bested" them when we sprayed one in face with pepper spray. He charged my friend while he was in "mid-flow". They want the salt in the urine, and at least in the mountains of Southern Colorado, will stop at nothing to get it. We looked at our actions as a way to "keep them wild".

steve said...

I have seen goats in trees back in South Africa, no big deal for them

Heidi said...

Truly amazing. After seeing picture like this I have no idea why people would not want to step outdoors and explore the world. http://outdoorbaby.net

Manuel said...

The mountain goat just became my favorite animal. Right up there with the flying squirrel.

Fatah said...

that's really great, just waw

Неуловимый Джо said...

It's very similar to our work

Trish said...

Hi -

Interesting collection.

The first one isn't a photo. It's an oil painting by quite a famous Canadian wildlife artist, Robert Bateman http://www.robertbateman.ca/paintings/SheerDropMtGoats.htm

Trish said...

Hi - Interesting collection.

The first one isn't a photo. It's an oil painting by quite a famous Canadian wildlife artist, Robert Bateman called "Sheer Drop – Mountain Goats" http://www.robertbateman.ca/paintings/SheerDropMtGoats.htm

Josh said...

On multiple occasions, I've seen goats up above 14,000 feet in the mountains. Just take a drive to the top of Mt. Evans in Colorado and you'll probably see 'em up there too.

Sudeep K.C. said...

such goats are called "Chyangra" in our country-Nepal,which climbs up high in the Himalayas,they eat high altitude herbs and their life ends up in our backyard during our great festivals especially "Dashain"

tawedzerwa said...

mbudzi dzakapenga idzi

Goose.Egg said...

Pros.

Antonio said...

There is God... and He's a mighty amusing and compassionate God Who provides for ALL and protects ALL...

Frozone said...

Thats why goats taste so good!

ice said...

I think they are trying to tell us something.....hmmmm........

Anonymous said...

These goats got some gut! :-)

tawedzerwa said...

i like goats

Geaux Tigers said...

Where is the pic taken where they are all over the side of the wall?

potenta said...

how do they do that??!?!?!?

glue on their hooves? jajaja

Anonymous said...

photoshop.

tina117 said...

cool!

Webmistress said...

wow goats in tree's now i've truly seen it all...thanks for me finding this bookmark on my blogger friends site eureka janet

kindnesstoanimals said...

Sudeep K.C, sorry to hear you eat them. ugh! They survive the height only to be eaten by people. Sad. Can't you eat vegetables instead?

Denise Podink said...

@Kindess
Dude! unlike Human. they are created to be used and eaten by human or food chain. they have been resigned with certain fate.. just read u R Holly Book! its written there.. its prohibited if u kill them without mentioning God's name (asking for permission from the True owner of all source of life and goodness), once again pLs read the guidance! it does calming our SOUL!

Anonymous said...

this is not real

Anonymous said...

The fatmer does not put the goats in the tree. I have raised goats for the past 28 years (dairy goats and pigmy goats) and they love to climb the trees onside the pens. They really can climb up to the top of the tree without any problem