Ibex - Mountain Goats of Europe and Asia with Horns and Attitude
From roman times different parts of these animals have been regarded as possessing miraculous healing powers and ibex were hunted to the point of extinction. Today, small protected herds survive in reserves and beyond. There are nine species spread across from Spain in the West to Central Asia and China in the East. These goats form a different family from the mountain goat of North America.
The most remarkable feature of the male ibex is the long backward facing horns. They really know how to impress with those horns. The coat is brownish-gray with longer hair on the back of the neck forming a mane on the older males. Males also have a small beard. Ibex live above the tree line and only come down to graze if the winter conditions become too harsh. In the summer they form groups and hold big battle-a-thon fights to establish the top animals in the groups.