Bighorn Ewes Butting Heads
Bighorn rams are known to butt heads in an annual ritual that places the sheep in a social hierarchy that decides who is top ram and who gets the best breeding rights. But apparently ewes, or female sheep, also tend to disagree on matters occasionally, as this photo shows. Captured in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
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