This is an absolutely incredible encounter. A photographer was trying to capture pictures of the elk from a safe distance while in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The elk responded with some hostility.
All the photographer could do to protect himself was to crawl himself into a little ball and hope that the elk would lose interest in him. This is a very rational move. If it were me, I’m not sure if I could have stood still like that. I probably would have started running which is the exact opposite of what you are supposed to do in these situations.
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