|Copyright: Doreen Fish (dloyst)
|Date Taken: 2008-07-28|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-08-11 18:55|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This mountain sheep was standind beside his/hers fallen mate and hurried away when we approached. I could not help but see the pain on its face. It really was in pain and mourning. It was hard to shoot from a moving truck. Not sure if I should have imposed on its grief.|
The Bighorn Mountian Sheep's muscular bodied animal is covered with a brown coat, the belly, rump, back of legs, muzzle and eye patch are white. The most distinct feature of the mature male Bighorn is a set of massive horns which spiral backwards from the top of the head. The hooves are hard on the outside and soft on the inside making it an excellent climber and jumper.
This sheep tends to be a grazing animal and feeds on grasses such as wheatgrass, bluegrass and Junegrass. The rutting season is for Bighorn Mountain Sheep is from mid-September to lats October. During this time the males have butting contests where they may reach one another at speeds of 50-70 miles per hour and an estimated force of 2400 pounds. The maximum life span is 16-18 years but and average is about 7-8 years. Most die during the winter from cold, predation or disease due to malnutrition. The Bighorn has always been prized for their meat; the horns were used by some Indians to make powerful bows and are still prized by hunters as trophies.
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a timely capture of the saddest moment - the animal looks like it is crying...
thanks for sharing!