This Elk Does Not Want His Picture Taken

Definitely will not say "cheese."

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Correction Appended: November 14, 2013

An elk glommed on to a photographer who was documenting the animals at sunrise on an otherwise beautiful fall day in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Instead of smiling for the camera, the elk repeatedly headbutts the photographer as he’s sitting on the side of the road before a ranger rescues him in this clip uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 12 by another photographer Vince M. Camiolo.

According to the video description, the photographer told Camiolo:

I was concerned at first, but when he started rearing back and lunging at me later on, I got scared and pissed off. That’s when I wagged my finger at him to cut that shit out. I was relieved to see the Ranger coming.

Maybe he just wanted a friend.

A previous version of this article misstated the location of the national park.

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7 comments
EvonneFisher
EvonneFisher

Its obvious the photographer was invading the elk's  territory. Notice at the end the elk is messing with the photographers camera bag with his tripod attached. The elk perceived the tripod as the antlers of another buck invading his space. It doesn't show how this all got started, but my guess is that the photographer had the tripod up with the legs of it spread, or had the camera bag slung over his should giving the characteristics of another elks antlers. That is what a deer or elk would like like when its head is bent down. The elk was only doing what is natural for him.  Now I know the last time I was in Yellowstone we stopped to check out and take pictures of a Moose we saw. I know he didn't like it because when we left, got in our vehicle and drove off. I looked behind us and he was chasing us. It reminded me of the scene in Jurassic park when the guys in the jeep were being chased down by the tyrannosaurus rex.

ChristopherLonske
ChristopherLonske

GSMNP: Elk that had up-close encounter with photographer was euthanized Friday because it couldn't fear humans. WBIR.com

mpryan
mpryan

I love the fact you were still taking photos!! haha exac what I would have done, well done


rongoodman
rongoodman

The young elk looked more curious and playful than anything,  but he's still big enough to do some damage. Most of the grown bulls I've seen in the Tetons are at least twice his size.

KayRoome
KayRoome

@ChristopherLonske I saw that report and I am deeply saddened by the news.  Could they have done something other than euthanize him?