These U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photos prove that bighorn sheep can truly defy gravity.
The bighorn sheep in these photos seems to have some kind of glue on its hooves, but this dweller of the cliffs is only doing what comes naturally.
First is the set up and the look:
Then comes the decision.
Then the death-defying anti-gravity move that makes the bighorn sheep seem like it’s floating on air.
The end result: off the mountain to relax for a moment.
Bighorn sheep are indigenous to the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and the high desert areas of the Southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.
Populations at one time in North America numbered in the millions, but by 1900 had crashed to into the low thousands.
Conservation efforts have helped to restore the bighorn and kept the population stable.
All photos by Ann Hough via USFWS