Utah Bull Elk Faceplants Trying To Jump A Fence To Chase A Cow

Elk trips and falls
Utah Division Of Wildlife Resources

Eye on the prize, don’t lose focus, buddy.

This lad certainly knew what he wanted, it just so happened that paying attention might have helped get him to her faster. Elk, deer and the various deer-family species are pretty cool to watch, especially when it comes to the rut. They just act so different, and much more aggressive with only one thing on their minds.

Just like a frat boy at the bars, they’re looking to meet women, and they’re even willing to fight over them. I mean, can you imagine if humans only got a short period of time once a year to be able to mate? It would be a few weeks of pure anarchy…

This bull elk out in Utah was on a mission to get some when he came across a fence. We’ve seen animals struggle to jump over things before but there’s just something hilarious about a big ol’ bull chasing a cow and running into something.

This bull jumps the fence, gets tangled up, and does a full front flip on the other side. Without missing a beat his eyes are back on the prize and he’s off as if nothing happened.

According to the man filming, the bull just carried on, in full pursuit:

“This big guy was so focused on chasing a cow elk, he didn’t notice Biologist Brian Maxfield in his truck nearby, or the fence.

The bull continued chasing the cow, acting like nothing happened. Way to recover, buddy.”

I’ve seen this one before, the hard wipe out, and then play it off cool to make sure the lady is still into it… happens to the best of us.

However, not all are this lucky…

Bull Elk Misses Jump Over Fence

What a sad sight to see.

Something so gorgeous just absolutely eating it and paying the ultimate price for a simple miscalculation…

This is as crazy as it gets, one of those moments you can’t believe you happened to catch on video. You’re filming something spectacular but fairly common in that of an elk herd running across the countryside when the completely unexpected happens.

Elk are amazing animals, though, which is why this is so heartbreaking. They can weigh up over 1000-pounds, have antlers like no other and are widely known as the tastiest wild animal around. I mean, if you’ve ever bitten into a tender elk backstrap, you know just how magnificent these beasts are.

Their bugle is world-renowned in the outdoors world… one of the coolest noises you can hear in the woods.

A herd of elk is shown running across the fields of what appears to be the American West, perhaps Colorado, Wyoming or Montana. After a bunch of cows make the jump over a fence in pans over to a nice bull running full tilt towards it.

The bull gets to the fence and makes a fairly pathetic jump. It’s back legs get hung up as he is flung forward flipping over. To make matters worse his antlers get lodged into the ground causing his neck to bend very awkwardly.

Utter shock at what we just witnessed…

The elk lays on its back kicking for its life, it kicks and kicks but doesn’t get flipped over. Very quickly it slows its movements down. The initial “he just broke his neck” thoughts are spot on here.

The video ends showing a close-up picture of this gorgeous 6×7 bull that had an extremely unfortunate end to its life.

I mean, what a painful and humbling reminder of how fragile life can be. You evade hunters, vehicles, predators, starvation, climate… everything that can kill an elk, only to get hung up on a fence, trip, and die.

The tragedy of life on full display.

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.

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