Male mountain goats have evolved an unusual method of fighting in the rut season. Because their skulls and horns are not strong enough to take the impact of head-to-head collisions like their cousins the bison and bighorn sheep, they have developed very thick skin at their flanks. Nearly inch-thick skin enables them to safely gore each other’s backside without causing lethal damage. Historically, Native Alaskan tribes are known to have used these skins from the tail-end of male mountain goats as chest armor.
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