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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. Bighorn sheep,British Columbia,Canada,Geotagged,Ovis canadensis,Stagleap Provincial Park,mammals,snow,winter Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

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.

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  1. Brilliant Travis, well timed! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire! He actually did this once before this instance and I missed it, as I was reviewing some other photos. I was really hoping he would do it again, and he did, and I was ready for it! Posted 6 years ago
      1. The reason why animals flip their upper lip and expose their teeth, is so they can capture a pharamone chemical (scent) that is released from other mates through sweat glands and other reproductive glands. The pharamone scent tells others whether or not that animal is sexually mature. Posted 6 years ago

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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

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Uploaded Jan 11, 2015. Captured Jan 10, 2015 13:09 in 9121A Crowsnest Highway, New Denver, BC V0G 1S1, Canada.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/5.6
  • 10/5000s
  • ISO800
  • 300mm