Animals Wildlife Dam Goats Scale Dam Rocks in Search of Salt By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated May 31, 2017 Photo: Adriano Migliorati. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species What's cooler than a goat? A dam goat! The hoof of the Alpine ibex has evolved to allow the animal to expertly traverse impossibly steep terrain. The Alpine ibex near a not-quite-vertical dam in Spain have taken to climbing the dam to lick the salt that forms on the rocks, balancing themselves on tiny holds fronting the steep face hundreds of feet up. You can see them in action in the video above. Photographer Adriano Miglioratio of Caters News took a few photos that tell the story of these extreme cliff-scaling goats. Click over to National Geographic to see them all.