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Some of the great herbivores that live in the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser are roe deer and the chamois, our main character at this point.
The chamois is a very light-looking animal, with a pair of hook-shaped horns that are very characteristic. They can often be observed by rubbing the base of the horns between the bushes.
Chamois are a typical high mountain animal. They move with absolute ease through cliffs and highlang steep mountains.
One of the most characteristic features of the chamois is the altitudinal displacement that follows the rhythm of the seasons, as short transhumances. During winter, it goes down to the forest bank in search of refuge and some food.
It also has another anatomical particularity that enables it to move easily through the mountain. It is an interdigital membrane that internally connects the two toes of each shaft. When the snow is soft, it separates the fingers and the membrane prevents it from sinking excessively, acting by means of a racket; In this way, it achieves considerable energy savings. When the snow is hard, or when walks on ice, it closes the fingers and their hooves, hard and sharp, act like piolets and they help to fix itself to the ground, and to avoid slippery and accidents.
Photo by: Paul Hermans