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    The Motley Magazine explains how goats manage to climb up and down almost perpendicular surfaces.

    The “science” behind their superpowers.

    The goats that live on mountains have near superpowers. They can climb up and down almost everywhere with remarkable ease. Sometimes they don’t even look where they place their feet. They just stand and continue their cliff rambles with extreme self-confidence.

    But what enables goats to scale nearly vertical inclines?

    Have you ever seen the hooves of a mountain goat? These lovely products of evolution are the secret behind the goat's daredevil cliff-scaling abilities. These cloven hooves have two toes that are modified to spread wide. This enables them to grip rocks and improve balance. The pads of these toes (that is, the bottom part) are rough and hardy. This makes it easy for the goats to gain traction on rocks, which further improves their grip. They're like climbing shoes you're born with. They have "dewclaws" which are small structures at the end of each hoof which prevent them from slipping. This mechanism of goats’ legs helps them balance themselves almost everywhere! Additionally, they get good training in their childhood from their nannies!

     

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