Goats make no sense
July 12, 2012 8:13 PM Subscribe
How do mountain goats walk over mountainous terrain with such alacrity, given that their feet are essentially stumps of keratin (i.e., hooves)?
posted by dfriedman to Pets & Animals (7 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
So, it's pretty clear to me how monkeys and apes and people, with their opposable thumbs and independently moving toes, can move on rocky or arboreal terrain and maintain a good grip.
And, I can understand how animals with paws, like mountain lions, can handle mountainous terrain.
But how in the world do hooved animals manage it?
This question is inspired by this photograph
that Jeb Corliss posted on Facebook...