"Those gravity-defying and death-don't-care goats just continue to stay at the almost vertical mountain slope in Sallacong, Bantay, Ilocos Sur."

The mountain is exceedingly steep and for a person to stand at that point, he will surely fall down. But wait, during my sight-seeing in a remote community called Sallacong or San Mariano, I was amazed to see goats just situated at the extremely steep slope of the mountain and they were just standing there still - don't know the reason why.

I think I just need the explanation of experts, could be scientists in general or biologists or anyone who is expert in this field to please explain why these goats are standing in this extremely steep slope of the mountain and not at the grassy plain?

In fact, the website, dailymail.co.uk has published an unbelievable photo taken in Italy featuring animals called the Alpine Ibex Goats climbing a nearly vertical dam without the fear of dying secondary to falling, uh!

Photo grabbed from dailymail.co.uk - photo posted for comparisson
Alpine Ibex Goats climbing a near vertical wall in Italy

Maps by Wikipedia
Location Highlighted in Red
As for me, I think I have just encountered in person the Philippine version of this amazing feat and I saw it in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Those gravity-defying and death-don't-care goats just continue to stay at the almost vertical mountain slope in Sallacong, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

According to my research, the goats in Italy were not just here to show-off or to bring a great big show but eccentrically, they are here to graze! Yes, to graze, not grass but to lick the stones for their salt.

Somehow, I can relate these scientific findings to this strange encounter I have seen in Sallacong. Actually, the slope where the goats were situated was in fact an altered mountain. It was scraped to give way for a multi-billion irrigation project. 

To prevent land slides to the irrigation facility, the mountain slope, almost vertical, has been somewhat "cemented," not exactly cemented but they have applied chemicals to the mountain to control soil erosion.

Amazingly, these goats have found their new home. Below are my photos with the attempt to compare the said phenomenon in Italy. Since they are the same goats, they may have the same purpose here in Sallacong as what is happening in Italy.


Well, just an unforgettable wildlife encounter in this hidden community and who would expect that in this remote place, I can find these things.

I am glad that  I bravely entered this place because my instinct was just true that there is something interesting to be discovered in this place.

I won't say my photos are as astonishing as the photos of the goats in Italy but at least, I am trying to connect this phenomenon there and for that, that could be close enough :)) /end

More Stories from #Bantay

Map showing the Location of #Bantay

Click this map to view all posts about #Bantay

SPEAK YOUR HEART OUT. C'MON! DON'T BE SHY. I PROMISE TO REPLY EXCEPT FOR TROLLS.

Axact

EDMAR GUQUIB

Born and Raised in Vigan, Philippines. Hardcore Ilocano. Genuine Bigueño. Sucker of Long Land Trips. Loves the Highlands. Professional Nurse on Weekdays. Coffee Addict. Travel Blogger in Between. For sponsorship, advertising, event invites and collaborations email me at edmaration@gmail.com.

Post A Comment:

27 comments:

  1. Ang galing lang talaga! :D Siguro yung iba sa kanila minaster yan para alam kung paano makakatakas kapag malapit na silang gawing Pinapaitan dish LOL joke :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. haha. Mika! Maaring tama. Habang nasa Ilocos pa sila, hindi nila makakatakas s sinaglao. haha.

      Delete
  2. Wow! Parang si Spiderman lang yung mga goats! Galing! :D It's actually my first time to see this so nakakatuwa talaga. May ganun palang abilities ang mga goats, hehe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Karla, oo nga. kakaaliw ang mga kambing na to.

      Delete
  3. Amazing! First time ko nakakita na kaya pala nila ang gumanyan. Grabe siguro ang balance nila para hindi mahulog.

    ReplyDelete
  4. @Gabz, oo nga. Super balance ito. I just can't believe when I also saw them personally :))

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lufet! Haha. Nakakabilib ang mga kambing na yan! :))

    ReplyDelete
  6. @KC. Sinabi mo pa. Parang spiderman lang.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Replies
    1. Chris, thats the beauty of nature. Full of amazing mysteries.

      Delete
  8. It's the goats natural mountain climbing talent!
    ... very observant, analytical and thoughtful post edmaration!:)

    P.S. I just googled "goats in slope" and your blogsite is at the 7th! :)
    Thanks for commenting in my latest post, when it supposed to be just +1, thanks for "giving!" :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for the info Ms. Gemma. Wow! Thanks Google!

      Delete
    2. P.S. Just checked on Google, its now at Rank 4 :-)

      Delete
  9. Those goats got mad skills! God is good talaga! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow interesting post! kamag-anak nila siguro si spider-man!! hehe

    ReplyDelete
  11. Renee, true. God is always with them. See? They aren't afraid!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Violy, Yay! Nabahiran sila sa kapangyarihan ni Superman, haha.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I think they are also fond of mountain hiking hehehe. Ang galing nila no? Kahit na nasa delikado silang lugar e cool na cool pa din. Parang wala lang "dito muna kami. maya na kami baba sa damuhan pag gutom na kami." hahaha.

    Ok ang discovery mo. Something to ponder. Keep it up.

    ReplyDelete
  14. @Lagalag, haha! OO nga, ang sabi nila, "walang basagan ng trip." Haha

    ReplyDelete
  15. I think it is exciting to see wildlife animals that can rarely be seen. This is a good adventure :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I guess that these goats were just their nature at least to climb steeper slopes without slipping.:-). Hanga din ako sa mga goats na to. Ano kayang tawag sa mga goats na mahilig sa climbing? Curious din ako ha edmar. hehehe.:-).

    ReplyDelete
  17. That's my goats!!!oh yea that's an amazing feat you have witnessed Edmar!congrats!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. @te Mhe-Ann, oo nga. Ang cute nila and truly amazing.

      Delete
  18. @Sir BOnz... hindi ko nga alam ang tawag diyan eh. hehe. Basta kambing 'yun na 'yon. Hehe.

    ReplyDelete
  19. namaaaaaaan. talo pa ko ng goats sa wall climbing T_T

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Palits, Talong-talo ka talaga ng mga kambing na yan.

      Delete

What's on your mind?