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Wildlife Olympics - Hurdles... Days Old Moose Calf

A.M. Ruttle

Jackson Hole, United States

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Each day, the wildlife in our region and around the world may face their own olympic trials… to stay alive, to avoid a predator, to prove they are better than another in their herd or pack, to find food in a frozen or inhospitable land. This moose calf was born days earlier, and is already jumping hurdles higher than its shoulder height; keeping up with mom is always a good incentive. Beware… do not get between a calf and its mother… moose cows can slice you to shreds if they feel their calves are threatened. Just today I was on a narrow causeway biking home from fly-fishing, and spooked a mother moose and calf. I had to wait while they reunited down the causeway, then had to encourage them to move along and off into the woods… there was no way to get by them until they finally decided to dive into the cool forest. I’ve been in cattle drive traffic jams in Jackson Hole (behind a herd of cows being moved between pastures) but this is the first time I have been in a moose jam. Canon 50D, f7.1, 1/250, focal length 400mm, RAW, Grand Teton National Park, near Moose, Wy, USA.
Featured in:
- Baby Animals, October 2012
- Even-Toed Ungulates, August 2012
- Top Shelf Wildlife, August 2012
Thank you so much!
See also:
- Wildlife Olympics – Elk Bulls Sparring
- Wildlife Olympics – Bison Headlock, Wrestling Moves In The Wild, and
- Wildlife Olympics – Tricky Dismount, Mountain Goat Kid
- Wildlife Olympics – Syncho Swimming Wannabes, Trumpeter Swans

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