Well, you don’t see that every day…
Out of all the things out there in the wild, there’s not a whole lot that surprises me. My motto is pretty much to expect the unexpected when I’m out in the woods.
However, every once in a while, something pops up that makes you question everything you know.
This is one of those things.
Elk are a cool animal that is widely renowned as one of the tastiest game meats in North America, or hell, even the world. They are lean, muscly animals that have meat that does not taste gamey at all.
A lot of that good taste comes from their diet… like all animals. A bear eating garbage or rotten meat is likely to tasty pretty bad, whereas a bear munching on berries and other fruits, as well as various other plants, generally tastes better.
It’s no different on a farm, high quality, grass-fed beef just seems to taste a whole lot better coming off the grill.
Elk consume plants native to the areas the inhabit, making them herbivores. Their teeth are designed to much on grass and other plants, not chew through the flesh of another animal.
So, it would come as a massive surprise to see one eating any meat or animal part of any sort.
There’re no scientific reports stating it’s a regular or common thing but there’s enough video evidence out there to prove that members of the deer family do in fact eat meat sometimes. We even saw an elk chasing down goslings earlier this year, while the mother goose desperately tried to fight it off.
This elk is one of the anomalies out there.
The video shows it swinging around a rabbit that is hanging from its mouth. At first you think it may be playing with the thing, then you can notice it chewing away.
Rabbit is a tasty critter, so while you can’t really blame this elk, it’s definitely a bizarre scene.
Like I said… expect the unexpected.
Bison Herd Gores Elk Calf Trying To Hide From Wolf
When it comes to wildlife videos, we typically see a number of creatures fight over their prey in an effort to claim dinner for the night.
However, what we rarely see is two opposing creatures helping another out, and that’s exactly what we see here in this video.
In this footage from National Geographic, we see a wolf stalking an elk calf in Yellowstone National Park.
Out of nowhere, the elk notices a group of bison roaming nearby, and runs over to the group to seek refuge, knowing that they’re herbivores and pose no threat.
However, things take a turn real quick when it’s easy to see that the bison are tired of the elk’s presence in the group, and one turns and gores the elk outside of the herd.
Next thing you know, the herd of bison gang up on the lone elk, and end up killing it.
Of course, with bison being herbivores they eat only grass, weeds, and plants, so they no longer have a use for the dead elk.
The wolf, who watched the wild event unfold from a distance, then takes her opportunity to feed off the dead elk.
Needless to say, it was the wolf’s lucky day, as the video states that wolves can eat up to 20 pounds of meat per sitting, and she has it all to herself.
It truly does almost appear as if the herd of bison were doing a favor for the onlooking wolf, and it’s pretty amazing to watch this unfold up close and personal.
Check it out:
Yellowstone Bison Lifts Another Bison Off The Ground
Time and time again we see tourist walking right up to a full-grown bison and all we can do is cringe and wait to see what happens.
Videos continue to pop up of people paying the price of getting close to these beasts whether it’s a biker getting their pants ripped off, a tourist near getting run over or someone’s car actually getting run over by a bison.
There just doesn’t seem to be an end to the madness…
But those loses are our rewards in the form of cheap entertainment and I’m not complaining.
However, a video like this shows just why we stay the hell away from any Bison, regardless of the size or situation. You’re a tourist, not an expert or even a good photographer. It is better to be safe than sorry.
The video is a short one the point is made clear in that time.
A typical day at Yellowstone National Park with a whole herd of bison blocking the road. This fella is smart and stayed in the comfort of his vehicle and videotaped it from afar.
Amongst the group of bison, two of them seem to be havin’ er out. One of them takes off running as the other says ‘oh shit’ and takes a few steps back. Too late…
The charging bison puts its head down and literally makes another mature bison fly.
Please don’t get close to one, it will fold you right in two. Check it out.
Woman Falls And Plays Dead To Escape Charging Bison
It’s open season on idiots at Yellowstone these days.
We saw a 9-year-old girl get air mailed (she was fine though) after her parents got too close (way to go dad), and even more recently, we saw an elderly lady get gored at Yellowstone after she tried to pet a bison, yes PET A BISON. It should go without saying, but don’t try and put a bison people…
Anyways… now we have another lady who barely escaped, in fact… tripping over her own feet might’ve saved her life.
A unnamed woman was recently touring Yellowstone National Park and found herself running for her life when she got too close to a charging bison. She tripped, fell flat on her face, and then played dead. The charging bison pumped the brakes right before running her clean over.
According to KBZK, the woman was a “Montana local” and knew that she should “play dead,” but I have to ask… if you know to “play dead” when a bison tries to smash you like a bug, then how come you don’t know to stay the hell away from them?
Like, ya know?
I mean, here’s the bison warning from Yellowstone right now…
Basically, keep your distance from moose, stay WAY the hell away from bears, and Bison? Don’t even think about it…
And yet somehow, we have a new story every day with some bozo wandering right up to the herd to get a pic for the ‘Gram.