Not Dam Spots

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What’s that on the dam wall? Look closely! It’s one of those things you have to see to believe!


This is the DigadelCinginodam in Italy – can you see the little dots on the wall


You’ll never guess what they are…(the correct answer is not “dam spots”)



They are European Ibex and they like to eat the moss and lichen growing on the wall. They also are licking the salt off the stone. Isn’t it incredible they can stand at that angle ?Just when you think you’ve seen everything!

17 responses to “Not Dam Spots

  1. This is just mind blowing. At first I thought it might just be some birds or some type of animal that is small, but then seeing the Ibex and there size is incredible! This would totally catch my attention if I seen this in person. I might just try to look up some videos maybe seeing in through there.

  2. Woah that is crazy. How can they actually climb that wall?

  3. European Ibex!? I think I remember reading about an Ibex of some sort at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. That is simply amazing that these creatures adapt to survive. Like Nestor put it “survival of the fittest.”

  4. Law of survival of the fittest in effect. The “unbalanced” and “clumsy” ibexes won’t be mating and passing on their genes, that’s for sure 🙂

  5. I still cant believe how they can stand at that angle on the dam. Ibex are defiantly crazy!! one slip can lead to death. Good they are at climbing and balance.

  6. Wow I would have never guessed that the dot on the dam were Ibex. It is amazing how they can stand at such an angle and not fall off the dam. I would say “now I have seen it all” but I know there are many other things I have yet to see in life.

  7. Wow this is crazy! Was not expecting the spots to be European Ibex!

  8. This is really cute
    for a minute there I thought they were in trouble
    I have never seen or heard of one of these animals

  9. I would enjoy watching them climb. Subconsciously I think of what would happen to them if they miss a stepping stone.

  10. It is interesting to see how animals adapt to their changing environment to ensure their survival. However, it is also alarming to learn how man-made architecture could enter the habitat of wildlife animals and interfer with their ways of living.

  11. WOW! Those goats have got some serious guts doing something as crazy as that! i mean if i saw that, i would be completely speechless, But nonetheless, it is quite amazing to see.

  12. The pictures honestly look photoshopped. That’s how bizarre reality is. The idea that any animal could stand at that angle is inconceivable!

    Congrats to the first European Ibex that attempted to climb the dam. That Ibex was a true pioneer. I hope the moss and lichen was worth it.

  13. I’ve seen this circulating the Internet before. It’s very interesting. But what would be more intersting is to see them in a video, so we can see them actually climbing.

  14. When we first saw this in class I thought that these were dead deer just got stuck up there. Seeing this photo really does bring great truth to that saying.”Where there is a will there is a way.” It is crazy to see what not only people but also animals would do to get to something they enjoy.

  15. When i first saw the wall i had no idea what i was looking at. I was amazed to learn that it was actually animals that live off the moss on the wall.

  16. When you showed us this picture in class I was so shocked that those were European Ibex! Honestly it looked like bugs or some kind of insects but to find out that it was Ibex I was astonished. Its so interesting that those kind of animals are capable of standing like that vertically on the wall and that’s what it eats on the way. Very fun and interesting to see!

  17. Nah, I am not smiling! I get scared just looking at these photos. I wonder how many dead goats are at the bottom!

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