Affectionate young bull elk

Posted by dianarebman on Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:08 pm

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by david fletcher on Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:56 pm
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Such a cool moment captured!
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:30 pm
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To me, this behaviour is a show of dominance by the older elk by putting his head over the neck of the younger one - who is subservient to the more mature bull. When the youngster is more mature, with his own full set of antlers, the interaction between these two could be much more aggressive!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:43 pm
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Hmmm- regardless of the title, it's a lovely shot. (Thinking of Carol's comment).
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by dianarebman on Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:46 am
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Normally I would agree with Carol's comment. However in this case I don't believe that is what is going on. If you look closely at the front elk, his antlers have been broken off. They would likely be the same size as the guy in the back. I watched these two over the course of 4 days. They are part of the bachelor herd. They spent everyday together, grooming each other and "pretend" sparring. It seemed to be a very close relationship!

by Ed Cordes on Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:54 am
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Very nice presentation. Looks like the spike has lost an antler and "Dad" is consoling him.
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