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.

This file was originally written in 2012 and has been updated with more recent information.

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Dam goats scale dam rocks in search of salt
Mountain goats have no problem applying their gravity defying climbing skills to manmade structures like hydro-electric dams if it means finding a good salt lic