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Cervus canadensis


Elk are one of the largest species of the Cervidae or deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America.


High Mountain meadow


While the high energy of the rut continues all around them, I captured this tender embrace between a mother elk and her 5 month old calf. This mother was still so bonded and attentive to this calf. While other calves roamed a distance from their mothers, this one stayed close. She regularly groomed the calf and nuzzled her. It was very heartwarming to watch.

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EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you! This is one of my favorites!

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 6 years ago

Nice spotting!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Dixie! This is one of my favorites! Cheers!

Dixie 6 years ago

Ahhhhhh! Nice pic!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Searra!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thank you Alina and Ashley! It really was such a sweet moment - I just love the bond of these two!

...and Ashley, you are always welcome! I am starting to get excited for Winter raptors! Just wish I had more time to take pictures!

AshleyT 6 years ago

What a sweet moment, Emily! Awesome you get to see elk, I've only seen one as it ran by me in the woods. Would love to be able to photograph them! That can also be on the list to do when I come visit you! ;)

alina 6 years ago

this is an amazing photo full of such much affection! it's perfect.

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Sep 23, 2014
Submitted on Sep 24, 2014

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