Young Elk Headbutts Photographer In The Middle Of Nowhere

NewsflarePublished: July 24, 201737 views
Published: July 24, 2017

A remarkable video from the Newsflare archive is trending now. The dramatic clip shows a young bull elk repeatedly head-butting a seated photographer who remains astonishingly calm even though the animal's horns are coming dangerously close to his face.

Vince Camiolo shot this amazing showdown at sunrise in Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina. He says that the encounter started quite innocently, but ended up much more frightening.

In the nearly seven-minute-long YouTube video, an unnamed photographer sits near the side of the road, submissively with his head down, as a juvenile bull elk repeatedly tests his nerve, bumps him with his antlers. At the two-and-a-half minute mark, the elk appears to lose interest and slowly walks away, but comes right back again, lowering his head once more and quickly backing up, as if intending to charge the defenseless man.

Eventually, the photographer manages to stand and walks away calmly as park rangers approach.

The photographer has since explained his decision not to stand and run from the beginning.

"I hoped being still and passive would see him pass on. When he lowered his antlers to me, I wanted to keep my vitals protected and my head down. I felt that standing up would provoke him more and leave me more vulnerable to goring," he said.

The clip was filmed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013.

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