A combination of spreadable hooves, traction-providing pads and dewclaws (vestigial claws up behind their hooves) help them climb surfaces that would seem difficult even to the most sure-footed primate. Mountain goats have cloven hooves with two toes that spread wide to improve balance. Rough pads on the bottom of each toe provide the grip of a natural climbing shoe. Mountain goats are powerful but nimble and can jump nearly 12 feet (3.5 meters) in a single bound.
Mountain goats have large feet that are well-suited to climbing rocky terrains. They also have pads on the interior of the hoof which helps traction and dewclaws on the back of the hoof which helps stabilize them.
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