In the Gran Paradiso National Park in Northern Italy a herd of alpine ibexes have recently started climbing a brick dam much to the amazement of local park officials. It seems that that alpine ibexes are in fact grazing, licking the old stones for their salts and minerals, on the near vertical wall.
“Alpine ibex typically inhabit open, rocky habitats at high altitude, above the tree line at an altitude of 1,600-3,200 m. Steep, south-facing slops with rugged topography and grassy vegetation are preferred. Below the tree line, at subalpine levels, ibex are only found in open, sunny woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops. Living in montane pastures Ibex feed on alpine grasses, herbaceous plants and shrubs. This species is diurnal, but most active during the early morning and late afternoon. They migrate seasonally to different altitudes, spending the harsher winter months at medium elevations.”
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