Before you jump to conclusions: no, these were not created by a bored geek in Photoshop. Amazingly, these uncanny animals are actually real: they climb the Argan trees
of Morocco in search of food, which is otherwise sparse in the region.
Over time they have become not only able to climb trees but downright
adept at the art - the traipse across trees with a sure-footedness that
is hard to imagine from a hoofed animal.
The droppings of the goats contain the kernels of the seeds they consume which are, strangely enough, used by locals to press and grind into oil.
Even more disturbingly: this oil has a number of uses including
culinary (yes, people eat it) and cosmetic (yes, they also smear it on
themselves). You might want to skip over the versions of these products
sold by local farmers for the somewhat cleaner mass-produced varieties.
For a quarter-liter bottle of this goat-digested kernel-oil you can
expect to pay from 15 to 50 dollars.
Known as skilled navigators of treacherous mountain conditions,
maybe it isn’t such a surprise after all to find goats making their way
up the steep and narrow trunks and branches of only slightly more
dangerous trees. Unfortunately, the Argan tree is slowly being
over-harvested so you may have to hurry to see the real thing. Still
not sure you believe the images of goats climbing trees up to heights
of 30 feet? There is nothing quite like a video to convince even the
most cynical skeptics:
Note that instead of the careful climbing one might expect these
brave goats simply hop from one cluster of branches to another in
search of food. In the middle of the video you can even see a younger
goat run down the almost vertical slope of the tree before hopping
lightly onto the ground below - followed shortly after by another that
simply jumps from a higher set of branches to land on its feet.