I posted this story yesterday from an email and the photos didn’t come through, so thanks to an alert reader who posted this link in a comment, here it is again, in full living color.
Zookeepers at Pocatello Zoo, Idaho, were worried when they noticed Shooter, a four-year-old elk, acting strangely at his water trough.Baffled, they watched as the animal – which is so massive some keepers are afraid to even enter his enclosure – tried to dip his hooves into his drinking trough, before attempting to dunk his whole head in the water. But they were amazed as 10ft tall Shooter lifted his head from the trough clutching a tiny marmot – a kind of large squirrel – between his jaws.
Mammoth: Shooter the elk stands 10ft tall from his hooves to the tip of his antlers
To the rescue! Shooter pulls the hapless marmot from his water trough
The gentle giant placed the hapless rodent down and nudged it with his hoof, as if checking it for signs of life, before calmly watching it scamper off into the bushes.
Zoo staff caught the…
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