Dam, these goats are good climbers! Animals appear to defy gravity as they scale 160ft wall to lick minerals
- Goats were seen tussling for better positions at Cingino Dam in northern Italy
- They had scaled the huge dam to lick saltpetre and other minerals off the walls
- Alpine ibex goats typically live in steep and rocky terrain at up to 4,600 metres
Jaw-dropping pictures show goats dicing with death as they scale the side of a 160-foot wall – just to satisfy their taste buds.
The fearless creatures appear to defy gravity with the incredible feat and were even seen tussling for better positions at the Cingino Dam in northern Italy.
The Alpine ibex goats, which typically live in very steep and rocky terrain at altitudes of up to 4,600 metres, lick saltpetre and other minerals off the walls.
Goats dicing with death as they scale the side of the 160-foot dam with a deadly drop
The Alpine ibex goats, which typically live in very steep and rocky terrain at altitudes of up to 4,600 metres
Fearless: The goats defying gravity as they climb the Cingino Dam in northern Italy
A goat clinging to the side of the dam appears unfazed by the treacherous drop below
The pictures of the dam high in the Pennine Alps was captured by retired bank worker Federica Grassi, 63, from Cannobio, Italy.
She said: ‘There were between 15 and 25 goats climbing on the dam at the same time while others were resting at the foot of the dam.
‘The dam is about 50 metres high and according to locals, the gradient is close to 90 degrees – almost vertical.
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‘The goats can climb like this thanks to their rubbery hooves and large inner ears that help them balance.
‘They come because they need the saltpetre and other mineral salts that they lick off the stones.’
Circled in red are seven of the goats spotted licking the dam’s walls with remarkable fearlessness
Twelve goats clustered around the treacherous dam. Some have nearly reached the top
Seemingly unfazed by the near-vertical drop, the goats tussle for position on the wall
The goats use their rubbery hooves to keep their balance as they scale the enormous dam
A goat expertly balances on the dam as it licks saltpetre and other minerals off the walls
Deadly drop: The goats wedge themselves into the rocks sideways and lick the walls
She added: ‘It was amazing to see them just a few metres below me defying gravity and also seeing some of them fighting for the best spots with their horns.
‘At first what I was seeing seemed impossible to me but on my way back to my car I met the keeper of the mountain hut nearby and he told me that he sees them every day.
‘He even told me the goats were “addicted” to these particular mineral salts because there are other dams on the Alps but he only saw the mountain goats climb on this one.’
Expert climbers: A lone goat licking the walls of the 160-foot dam seemingly unaware of the danger
An incredible view of the gravity-defying goats grazing on minerals on the side of the dam
Unfazed: Five brave goats marauding around on the dam as they try to find areas which haven’t already been licked
A dozen goats grip the wall with their hooves and jostle for the best position
The goats climb up the middle of the almost 90-degree dam to satisfy their tastebuds
The goats, which are used to living at high altitude, expertly navigating the dam
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