This little altercation happened in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, when a bull elk decided he was camera shy and wasn't in the form for a photograph.
Now, the video says that the photographer had been keeping a respectable distance away but it is hard to tell from the video.
I am glad these lovely animals didn't decide to come visit me while I was taking pictures.
The videographer emailed the photographer in question and got this reply.
"My first thoughts were “wow, he’s getting pretty damn close here.” But I’ve been up close before without incident. 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.
I think that while protecting myself with my head down, having my head down was a signal that I was rutting with him. 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 s*** out. I was relieved to see the Ranger coming."
Thankfully the ranger arrived prior to serious injury.
I have to ask tho, why the people in the background/videographer didn't intervene and drive up to let him hop in.
Anybody ever get too close to wildlife?