Wildlife Olympics - Hurdles... Days Old Moose Calf by A.M. Ruttle

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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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  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 2 years ago

    You my friend are the BEST-

  • You’re making me blush, Loree! Thanks for the rave review!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsabout 2 years ago

    Such a precious capture, I agree with Loree!

  • Thanks so much, Kat!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    1 Image per 24 hrs 2012/0/08
    Stunning capture!

  • Thank you so much, Magaret!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Super image.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • :-)!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 2 years ago

    What a cute little guy. I wan’t one. LOL. A great shot and a fav A M.

  • They are adorable at this age, Al!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    This marvelous work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    Please view and participate in comments on our featured page here
    This image now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Thank you so much for the honor, Konstantinos!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...about 2 years ago

    Where can I get tickets to the Wildlife Olympics??? Is it being held in London too? Charming, informative and a great slice of life all wrapped into one. This experience was worth the trouble of being held up by those “pesky” moosies. Like your Olympic series, AMR. Hey, where was the Mother of All Cameras when you went fly fishing? :-)) Hugs, WG (live from orca heaven)

  • :-) the beast was definitely not in my backpack! Nice to have you drop in on the Olympics, Gina! Wishing the the BEST whale watching!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...about 2 years ago

    Wonderful!! Great info!!

  • Nice of you to stop by on this amazing moose calf, Franco!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaabout 2 years ago

    I rather follow the Wildlife Olympics than the other event. This is so much more exciting for me. How fun to find such a young moose calf. I’m glad you didn’t get between the calf and the mother. Wonderful capture, Ann!

  • :-), nice to see you drop by, Eivor. I’d be shredded if I had gotten between the mom and calf for sure!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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