Jul 09 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Nice view

(via NatGeo.)


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    Glen Davidson

    Fingers are great for climbing.

    Never understood how they do so well with hooves.

    Glen Davidson

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    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    Hey! The naughty goat is “mooning” us…

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    I know they’re sure-footed and all, but I don’t think he can make that jump.

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    Daniel Brady

    It’s remarkable how they can look so clumsy on the ground but can scale trees and cliff faces!

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    Dick the Damned

    Jumpin Jeezus, i sure hope that bit of vegetation was worth the effort & risk.

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    The very model of a modern armchair general

    Imagine being that goat, trying to turn around to walk back the other way. Makes me feel dizzy.

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    McC2lhu doesn't want to know what you did there.

    Anti-gravity hooves…check

    Utter and complete lack of sense of vertigo…check

    Inability to imagine disaster…check

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    I know they’re sure-footed and all, but I don’t think he can make that jump.

    Of course not. It’s not a cow.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!


    Goats can be be .. remarakably impressive climbers especially given their biological, um, equipment or seeming lack thereof.

    Recalls an Attenborough doc – think it was called Planet Earth* but may be wrong – where these strange goat-y-sheep-y animals (Barbary sheep? / Ethiopian mountain goats? Or something?) where running up cliffs where they lived or atleats sheltered at nightsand another doco where goats where climbing trees (I kid you not!) to get at this particular tasty berry thing they loved.

    * With intro music ironically being Holst’s Jupiter!

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Typo correction :

    ..where these strange goat-y-sheep-y animals were running up cliffs where they lived or at least sheltered at nights ..


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    Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Nice view

    Well, I prefer Twilight Sparkle, but whatever floats your boat, PZ.

    . . .

    . . .

    …oh, you meant the landscape.
    Um, erhm, yes, very nice, very nice indeed.

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    Daniel de Rauglaudre

    Don’t they fall sometimes?

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    It’s walking on a path, not climbing. And a lot of humans suck at climbing because they’re incredibly weak compared to other primates. Mountain goats aren’t very good either. They can handle 50-60 degrees max except in special cases like this excessive footholds which most humans could also handle if they didn’t freak out about the height.

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    Bart B. Van Bockstaele

    It reminds me of a nasty situation I got myself into at Toronto’s Brick Works, where I had to let myself fall, hoping that a small tree some distance below me would be strong enough to hold me. It was, otherwise I wouldn’t be whining about it. Having long and nasty thorns, it did shred my jacket and some of my own leather as well, though. It was not a good day, but it certainly taught me not to into the mountains, trying to imitate goats…

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