I spent a couple of days in Yellowstone again this week, because I knew the bison were calving, and I wanted to have a chance to watch the antics of the little orange calves before the summer crowds arrive. I hadn’t remembered, though, how feisty last year’s calves can be. It’s as if the older siblings are showing off for the little ones.
The group I was watching crossed the road, and headed down to the Lamar River, which is flowing pretty fast right now. The herd started crossing, and I started taking a movie. I was so engrossed in watching the mothers and calves struggling to get across the river that I forgot that there were still bison up near me. This next clip shows what happens when you’re surprised by a bison that gets too close.
This would have been a great video if I hadn’t had to dash back to the safety of the car. As it is, it’s simply a cautionary tale – pay attention when you’re surrounded by big animals!
It was a grand evening – a storm rolled through the Lamar Valley, and the shadows, sunlight, clouds, and rainbows were incredible.