Mountain goats can walk almost straight up a cliff


The mountain goat’s feet are well-suited for climbing steep, rocky slopes, sometimes with pitches of 60 degree or more. There is a supple pad that provide traction on each cloven hoof. These pads have extremely soft centers. When the animal puts its foot down, each pad works like a powerful suction cup, enabling the wild goat to appear to defy gravity. Also, the tips of their feet have dewclaws that are sharp to keep them from slipping.