Wildlife photographer Joe Subolefsky recently captured an insane shot of a rutting bull elk goring a cow elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the Cataloochee Valley of North Carolina.
According to his account in OutdoorLife, Subolefsky had been taking a few pictures early on a foggy morning this past October, when he witnessed one of the craziest scenes he’s ever seen in the field.
In the midst of the rut, he noticed a number of bull elks locking horns. However, once the fighting stopped and the pursuit of a female resumed, one bull in particular was too fired up for his own good.
The bull attempted to mount a nearby cow, but when she dodged his advances, he positioned himself to her side, and with his head down and his antlers out, charged forward, goring the cow.
“She took a few wobbly steps and traveled about 15 yards before going down in the grass. The bull had already pivoted and was making a beeline back to the rival male he had been fighting minutes earlier.”
The encounter reminded Subolefsky of just how cruel nature can be:
“The experience allowed me to witness the raw power of wildlife, and it was a reminder that Mother Nature can be harsh and unforgiving.”