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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