I’m pretty sure this guy was the biggest bull in the herd, his head was simply massive. Something had definitely caught his attention - probably one of those good looking ladies was wearing a particularly attractive perfune… :)
Even in the heat, babies get hungry. Although, this baby is looking more like a teenager than a baby.
After about 5 minutes, Mama started walking slowly away and then spent the next 10 minutes butting at the baby and clearly chasing it away. Obviously, it’s weaning time, whether we like it or not!
Riding Mountain Park is well known for it’s herd of Wood Bison (a subspecies of the North American Bison). Approximately 40 bison roam in over 500 hectacres of fenced land, which is accessable to the public via a single road that runs through one of the open areas.
Of course, the original animals did not come from our Manitoba Prairies, they were completely destroyed. The reintroduction of this herd came in 1931 with 10 animals imported from Elk Island Park, east of Edmonton, Alberta.
It’s wonderful to see this healthy, handsome herd roaming freely in the same environment they did for thousands of years - although it always brings tears to think of our disgraceful history with this magnificent animal.
When we drove through their enclosure we were very lucky to find them very close to the road. It was exceptionally hot that day and they were clearly affected by the heat, visibly panting and resting, moving very slowly away from us.
All shots taken from inside the truck… for obvious reasons!