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October 13, 2010

Alpine Ibex take a stroll on the face of the Lake Cingino Dam in the Italian Alps

Yesterday's 4:01 p.m. post elicited the following comment from NaJaKwa:




the photo at the link above of the actual Buffalo Bill Dam, clearly not ibex — or bighorn sheep, for that matter — friendly.

Below, the Lake Cingino Dam.


Interestingly, one commenter wrote, "I would have said that pic was Photoshopped without the vids...."

The individual who created the post featuring the Italian dam replied, "Exactly the reason the vids are there too."

The caption for the video up top: "INCREDIBILE !!!! STAMBECCO SULLA PARETE VERTICALE DELLA DIGA del LAGO CINGINO (quota 2200) VALLE ANTRONA - lecca le rocce alla ricerca dei suoi integratori alimentari (sodio, calcio, fosforo e magnesio )....."

The Google translation of this caption: "INCREDIBLE!! IBEX on the vertical wall DAM LAKE Cingino (2200) VALLEY ANTRONA - licking the rocks in search of his supplements food (sodium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium)...."

The caption for the video below:

"Uno stambecco scende con disinvoltura dalla ripida parete della diga nei pressi del rifugio Baitone (BS)."

Anyway, mea culpa.

There is no excuse for my having put something up without investigating its bona fides first.

Had I looked at the photos in yesterday's post with any degree of attention, I'd have noticed the horns, clearly not those of bighorn sheep and just as obviously characteristic of the ibex.

I must do better.

One more for the road?

Why the heck not, you were patient enough to stay with me this far....

I like to save the best for last.




October 13, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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two words. Anal. and, Retentive. So if the name is wrong, point it out, but what's with the stern dressing down. Get a life.

Posted by: jo | Oct 13, 2010 3:09:20 PM

Are you sure? Have a look at the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center website: http://www.bbdvc.com/

If you visit the Buffalo Bill Dam History page on the site (http://www.bbdvc.com/Buffalo_Bill_Dam_History.php) and scroll down to the bottom, you will find, at the top of a list of "Buffalo Bill Dam History Fun Facts," this: "The Buffalo Bill Dam was originally called the Shoshone Dam."

Posted by: bookofjoe | Oct 13, 2010 12:00:08 PM

There is NO Buffalo Bill dam!
There is the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, which is contained by the Shoshone Dam!

Posted by: Julian | Oct 13, 2010 11:54:38 AM

If you put out a salt lick, they will come.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 13, 2010 11:35:40 AM

You could have at least blamed it on your 'crack' research team!

Posted by: LT | Oct 13, 2010 10:38:42 AM

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