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why do Montana Mountain Goats butt heads so hard, that their

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why do Montana Mountain Goats butt heads so hard, that their hooves fall off?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 8 years ago.



I'm going to guess at this one.


The damage to the hooves (cracking, breaking off) may be secondary to the impact of the head-butting. When the rams brace themselves for the impact, their hooves may dig into the ground. When the tremendous impact occurs, the hooves do not flex a great deal. Instead of bending, the hooves may crack. If the crack is deep enough, the hoof may fall off.


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