#504 Nurturing and Protecting


Hi everyone,

This image was shot back in May in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. For those of you familiar with the park, it was directly across the road from the Trout Lake parking area/trail head.

I don't have first hand knowledge of the events that lead to the injury of the mother and the birth of the calf. I was told, however that wolves had made an attack on the mother prior to giving birth. I was also told that at the time these images were taken the calf was just over a day old.

The mother had injuries to both sides, her neck and rump area. Judging by the injuries she must have put up a good fight.To protect her calf she had it tucked up against the river behind it. The water was very high and running quite fast. I am sure none of the parks animals would have attempted to cross her nor would they have made it.

So it was a good choice for a location. She then only had to watch three sides. The last I heard or read these two were still alive. I would think that as long as they were in this area they were doing OK.

I just drove past this spot last week and they were gone. Obviously they couldn't stay there forever/ But this is wolf country so hopefully they were able to avoid being taken down once they ventured away from this spot.

I hope that you have a great weekend and 4Th of July holiday. Have fun and be safe!

Thanks for checking out the blog, have a great day!



Larry J. Patrick said...

Nice capture of the moment. Moose are not the most attractive animals in the kingdom, but here you have shown a very attractive side of this mother moose.

Nice job.