Smile? - Bighorn Ram - Stagleap Provincial Park, BC
Not sure what showing teeth means in bighorn sheep language. Perhaps it is a sign of social dominance? Typically a herd of bighorn sheep do not follow one single ram. But with it being so soon after the rut, possibly this ram is till showing his dominance over the others. Either way, it makes for quite a comical photo! Captured in Stagleap Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.
The bighorn sheep is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb , while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb . Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of ''Ovis canadensis'', one of which is endangered: ''O. c. sierrae''. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered into the mythology of.. more