Wild Encounter | Crazy Goats Climbing a Near Vertical Mountain Slope

"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

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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

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comment 27 #TownFolks Commented :

Myx on February 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM said...

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

EDMARATION on February 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM said...

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

Karla on February 21, 2012 at 11:26 PM said...

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.

Edmaration etc on February 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM said...

Karla, oo nga. kakaaliw ang mga kambing na to.

Gabz on February 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM said...

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

KC Canlas on February 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 1:42 AM said...

@KC. Sinabi mo pa. Parang spiderman lang.

ChrisAir Seneba on February 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM said...

howw did they do that

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 1:55 AM said...

Chris, thats the beauty of nature. Full of amazing mysteries.

Gemma | My Dailies on February 22, 2012 at 3:02 AM said...

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!" :)

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 6:22 AM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 6:57 AM said...

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

Renee on February 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM said...

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

violy vallester on February 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM said...

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

Lagalag on February 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM said...

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.

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM said...

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

Super Mommy Jem on February 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM said...

@Super Mommy, Yep, it was!

Bonzenti on February 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM said...

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.:-).

Mhe-anne Ojeda on February 22, 2012 at 7:24 PM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM said...

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

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM said...

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

Paliiits on February 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM said...

namaaaaaaan. talo pa ko ng goats sa wall climbing T_T

Edmaration etc on February 23, 2012 at 1:13 AM said...

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

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