Have you ever gone rock climbing, hiked on the side of a mountain, or scaled a steep hill just for fun? What if you had to do that with hooves instead of your hands and feet?
Amazingly, there’s an animal that is not only able to do that, but is an expert at it. Mountain goats, related to antelopes, are the ultimate cliff climbers — and are perfectly suited for mountain life.
Like any rock climber, they need to get a good grip with their hooves to accomplish this. Their hooves have two wide-spread toes that improve balance like a snowshoe, and rough, spongy toe pads provide a good grip on smooth surfaces. Hair grows between the toes for even better traction. Their specialized hooves allow them to climb extremely steep and jagged surfaces.