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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bull elk nuzzling baby calf

This bull elk took time out of his bugling to nuzzle two small elk calves lying in the grass. This is the rutting season and bull elk are bugling and fighting for a harem. This is a tender moment of reprieve.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Colorado, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX P530
Copyright: © Michael Fox