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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 26 12:10 AM

Sept 26, 2010: Dam Goats

I got an email saying this is Mountain Goats on a dam in Montana.
As scary as it looks, it's not as steep, and less treacherous, than their normal haunts.

I think it's more likely they're goats, or Ibex, on a European dam.
Apparently they're licking minerals from the masonry.

Oh, and I'm taking tomorrow, monday the 27th, off.

Gravdigr  Sunday Sep 26 02:19 AM

I got those same pix, only attributed to Buffalo Bill Dam (in Wyoming). I looked the dam up, and it wasn't that.

Rhianne  Sunday Sep 26 05:03 AM

I'd seen this too:

Rhianne  Sunday Sep 26 05:08 AM

There are other clips too - and at different dams, it seems it's not too uncommon around the world.

SPUCK  Sunday Sep 26 06:25 AM

What happens when you toss an M80 by them?

Wombat  Sunday Sep 26 08:44 AM

Whichever dam it is, the climbing ability of those goats is amazing.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 26 09:46 AM

Most US dams that size, are smooth faced concrete. But how they negotiate vertical rock walls is beyond me. I know they have hooves that will stick to a rock sticking out 2 or 3 inches, but their bodies don't fit in that space. That means their center of gravity is hanging out in space. It's magical I tells ya... ever wonder why the devil has goat horns?

jano  Sunday Sep 26 10:03 AM

I heard a story of a pipeliner in West Texas parking his "New"car inside of a gate to keep someone stealing his car. He came back that evening and hundreds of goats climbed on his car doing the "Happy Dance". The damage looked like a hail storm or a person beating his car with a little hammer over every square inch of the car body.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 26 10:11 AM

That's easy to believe, jano, goats just gotta get high.

newtimer  Sunday Sep 26 11:48 AM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
It's magical I tells ya... ever wonder why the devil has goat horns?
...or why he's dammed to hell?

Sperlock  Sunday Sep 26 11:56 AM

The Spectacular Spidergoats.

Gravdigr  Sunday Sep 26 03:25 PM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
That's easy to believe, jano, goats just gotta get high.
Holy shit, I'm a goat!

Coign  Monday Sep 27 12:49 PM

It was the "What's New" section of Snopes today.

They report it is not Wyoming but Alpine Ibex on the Diga del Cingino (Cingino Dam) in northern Italy.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 27 02:27 PM

Ah, so I was sorta right. I was thinking Spain/Portugal, but I'll take Italy.

I was under the impression Ibex are endangered, but that may be the Spanish ones. If so, maybe this is why.

Leah  Tuesday Sep 28 10:50 PM

What stupid goats they are, look at all the lovely green grass on either side of the Dam. Silly Billy Goats.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 28 10:52 PM

Don't be sexist, there are Nanny goats too.

Leah  Tuesday Sep 28 10:54 PM

Ha ha Bruce.

vocalperk  Thursday Sep 30 10:50 AM

that makes my hands sweat

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 30 12:16 PM

Then you can just lick the salt off your hands, instead of climbing the dam.

SPUCK  Friday Oct 1 06:44 AM

I wonder if we could line a stew pot up under one of them? Then launch a balloon of virgin olive oil at its feet.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 14 03:03 AM

Here's a shot from the bottom of the dam. It looks like they have a snow covering to contend with, also.

Sundae  Sunday Nov 14 05:54 AM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Apparently they're licking minerals from the masonry.
Too much salt seems to be bad news for goats as well as humans...

SPUCK  Sunday Nov 14 06:01 AM

Naw, that's not snow. You'd see it in the shade of the grassy area. That's old concrete leaching all sorts of stuff.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 14 08:44 AM

You're probably right, the original pictures show them on stones, but the lower part could be smoother concrete/mortar with leached out efflorescence.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 24 10:33 PM

Happened upon another picture of the Alpine Ibex, on the dam wall, in Gran Paradiso National Park, Northern Italy.

It still blows me away they can do that.

Griff  Saturday Jan 25 07:43 AM

I just sent this to Lil' Pete, maybe she'll find a way to see them.

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