Lady Winterbottom

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Parc Omega, Montebello, Quebec, Canada
April 3, 2011

Wapiti – from the Shawnee meaning White Rump

Much more dignified and genteel than her brash male counterparts, methinks.

With thanks to www.enchantedlearning.com

The elk, also called the red deer or wapiti, is a large, hoofed, noisy, and social member of the deer family.

Elk are found in open mountain forests and valleys in western North America. They have a life span of about 8 to 12 years in the wild.

Anatomy:

The elk is up to about 4 to 5 feet (1.2-1.5 m) tall at the shoulder. They weigh from 325 to 1,100 pounds (147-500 kg). Males are much larger than females. Only bulls (males) have branching antlers (which are shed and re-grow each year) and a shaggy mane. The largest elk antlers are about 4 ft (1.2 m) long. Elk have hoofed, two-toed feet, long legs, thick brown fur, and a large body.

Behavior:

The elk is an herbivore (a plant-eater) and a spend a lot of time browsing. Elk eat grasses, shrubs, tree leaves, and herbs. Elk are ruminants (they store partly-chewed food, and later regurgitate it and thoroughly chew it).

Predators:

The grizzly bear, mountain lion, coyote, and man are the main predators of the elk.

Classification:

Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Artiodactyla, Suborder Ruminantia, Family Cervidae (deer, elk, moose, etc.), Subfamily Cervinae (elk, fallow deer, etc.), Genus Cervus, Species C. Elaphus.

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