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Cervus canadensis


We had an interesting visitor today (Christmas)...this bull Elk was grazing below our house in a residential neighborhood in the foothills west of Denver, and had what looked to be a hammock tangled in his antlers. Although his nose looks covered in several of the photos, he seemed to be fine and healthy. With as badly as they are tangled, I believe he is stuck with the hammock until his antlers fall off...hopefully he'll be OK! Poor guy!

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ChristyHolland 8 years ago

I agree Doreen...He'll just have a fancy hat until they do! ;-)

doreen.chambers.14 8 years ago

What a drag. Poor guy. Thank goodness they drop the antlers.

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

That would be quite the sight, Arya! ;-)

Arya 8 years ago

Good to hear. Hope the next time you see him with camera in hand, and a racoon is lounging above his antlers!

gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thanks for the follow up note :)

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Update: I did see this guy again...just in photo opportunity...he was laying on the ground in the middle of a whole herd of elk, chewing his cud! The hammock seemed to be up higher on his antlers and didn't seem to be doing any damage! ;-)

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Thanks for the concern, everyone! I did contact our Parks & Wildlife division and they said there's nothing they can do but be aware of it...he will pass the info on to the rangers. He said if the elk was in any danger of starving or injured somehow, they would try to do something. But with the antlers coming off in the next month or two, he'll probably be fine. Like I mentioned, he was able to graze, so unless he gets hooked onto something else, nothing can be done right now.

HazelMarley 8 years ago

I feel so sorry for it... Hope it can get some help ASAP! ;(

EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Poor Baby!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

I agree with everyone... that poor guy!

ursulav 8 years ago

Poor thing!

HazelMarley 8 years ago

Oh no! Did you find it out in the wild? If so I feel bad... ;(

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

I know, right? I am worried...hopefully he'll get untangled, but the way all the spikes of the antlers are poking thru, it might be a while!! ;-(

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Oh poor dear thing!

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Golden, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Dec 25, 2013
Submitted on Dec 26, 2013

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