When we're in a vehicle, they often stand and stare at us impassively, with apparently no worries about us.
It always makes me laugh when we have an "elk traffic jam". When the entire huge herd is present, it can take a long time for them to cross the road, which makes for a humorous excuse for being late someplace.
The other evening, they were crossing in twos and threes. These two started across the road together.
Then, the front one turned around to look at the the other one. Notice at how their ears are back, suggesting that they weren't entirely on good terms.
Then they both reared up onto their hind legs, looking each other in the eyes.
Soon, their front hooves started flying toward each other. Look at how flattened backwards their ears are.
They continued taking swipes toward each other. I was amazed by how long they could balance on their hind legs.
None of their blows appeared to hurt the other. I think that their hooves might have touched during this spat but that was all. Like so many animal behaviors, I suspect it was ritualistic, with neither elk wanting to cause injury.
Then, they both returned to their normal four-legged lives.
During their spat, they forgot that they'd been trying to go from right to left across the road. They walked back to the side of the road that they'd started on.
Nope, I don't think that we'll ever be "sick of the elk"! Instead, we'll probably always go watch them when they are hanging out near our house.
Some people go out for ice cream and walk the dogs.ReplyDelete
You are the lucky one who goes to watch the elk cross the road.
The fact that you share with us city dweller's makes us
lucky we are your friend.
We can understand wanting to see what they are up to, very cool!ReplyDelete
Oh cool, that would have been fun to see. I would never tire of them. The elk were still hanging around near by when we went to Teton. We rarely get to see them, but there were thousands of those scraggly things.ReplyDelete
Oh, no. I could never get sick of seeing those beauties!ReplyDelete
When we go to the bird refuges, I often use our vehicle as a blind - either staying in it with the motor off or "hiding" behind it. Like your Elk, the birds are less bothered by a vehicle than by a person. Especially one pointing something (camera) at them!
Never. Ever. Get sick of seeing elk - and sharing them with us! What a wonderfurs display to have witnessed. YAM xx
I never get sick of your elk pics and stories and smiled all the way through this one, reminded me of me, forgetting which way I was going... I would like to see and elk jamReplyDelete
Oh I would never tire of seeing the wildlife in your area either. Oh my word who know they had spats and took swipes at one another. Definitely dramaReplyDelete
Hugs Madi and mom
This was " The Show" just for you, maybe trying to find which was the winner. So glad they walked safely back and no big rig traffic came along. What a wonderful time to be there.ReplyDelete
They probably partly like this road because there isn't much traffic (no big rigs!). It was a "show"!Delete
I could never get sick of them either.ReplyDelete
They are such beautiful animals!ReplyDelete
We agree although the shedding detracts a bit. They need a furmerator!Delete
Maybe the "discussion" was about whether or not to cross the road! :)ReplyDelete
Makes sense to me!Delete
Without your commentary we might have thought the two elk were engaged in a dance:) We think it is just hilarious that they never actually crossed the road.ReplyDelete
I think so too!!!!!Delete
Dinner and a showReplyDelete
Wow...what an opportunity to see something incredible. And thank you for sharing it with us. Incredible!ReplyDelete
Nope, we never get sick of them either and usually stop to watch them too!!ReplyDelete
They are funny! When Mom lived in Bavaria, Germany, sometimes there would be cows on the road and they would hold up the traffic for a long time!ReplyDelete
Oh, wow—I love this! We don't have any large wildlife here in Curaçao, and I can't even remember the last time I saw a deer, but I *know* I've never seen an elk. How lucky you are to live where you can observe them :)ReplyDelete
Guilie @ Life In Dogs
Such a wonderful thing to see!ReplyDelete
I'd far rather say I was late for something because I got stuck in an elk traffic jam, than that I got stuck behind some slow truck. :)ReplyDelete
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets
I think it looked like the Elk were dancing too!!ReplyDelete
And we would never tire of looking at them!