Announcement Dr. Singh's Animal Adventures - Let's talk about elk! - Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:15 pm
Dr. Singh here, and I wanted to let you all know how excited I am that Fall is here. As a scientist and lover of nature, Fall brings many awesome opportunities for us to study great shifts in animal behavior. While some animals are preparing for hibernation during the winter, others are entering into their primary breeding season.
One of my favorite groups of mammals to study are those of the Cervidae or deer family. Did you know this fascinating group starts its annual breeding season in Fall? This year I had the pleasure of heading out into the field with some scientific colleagues of mine to witness this annual event (called rutting) and make field observations. Unfortunately, our time in the field was cut short when both myself and my colleagues were attacked by our very own Carl. We managed to escape up a tall tree, but it was a close call. Always remember Gaians, you definitely want to keep your distance from wild elk, especially during rutting season as aggressive behavior can run higher than normal.
For more details on what transpired and general information on elk, please check out my newly created Dr. Singh's Animal Adventures forum!
Announcement Dr. Singh's Fun Animal Facts: Let's talk about Elk! - Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:10 pm
Thank you for reaching out to me about the Carl incident. Many of you have asked me about our near fatal run in with Carl, and words really cannot express the events leading up to the attack.
We are lucky that one of my field assistants, an Admin called starzXnight, happened to be documenting the elk herd when the incident occurred. Below is starzXnight's rendition of the events leading up to Carl's assault on our research team. Gaians should be warned that this content may be considered graphic by some viewers and may not be suitable for all Gaians.
Again, we are lucky nobody on the research team was seriously injured, and we remind you all to keep a safe distance from any elk (or other animals) during their breeding season as they may become unusually aggressive. Such a close distance should only be attempted by professionals.
Also, In case you were interested in learning more about elk (and we know you are!) we've gathered some links to share with you that contain lots of fun facts about this magnificent animal. Don't worry, not all elk are as assertive as our Carl.