This brutal bull elk fight proves size is not everything.
The elk rut is a magical time of year in parts of the American west where these majestic animals roam. You can hear the bugle of a large bull for miles if you are in the right spot. When the big bulls get amped up on testosterone, they are ready to do battle with other males to defend their turf.
Now, the usual line of thinking is that the largest bull in the area is going to be the most dominant. And it is true much of the time. However, as the old saying goes, it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
In this video, a much younger bull decides to challenge a true old forest warrior, a massive bull with a 7x7 typical frame, not counting all the extra junk points everywhere. The seasoned vet is the undisputed king of this mountain. Until he comes up against a determined younger bull ready to take him out.
One can argue the younger bull was in the right place at the right time to steal this victory. The older bull has obviously been fighting a lot lately. You can see that from one of the tines that is visible early in the video and broken off at the end. There is also a clear small patch of blood on the back of the older bull's neck. The youngster must have gotten a tine in there at some point to puncture his skin.
The video's description notes that this bull, which was filmed in the Canadian Rockies, had been running off rivals for nearly a month before this battle took place. At the end of the video this bull is panting hard. It seems he simply ran out of gas and could go no further, leaving an opening for a rival to come in and steal a victory, and his cows.
That may be a cheap win but remember animals do not care about such things. Winning is the only thing that matters to them. To defeat such a large bull is still an accomplishment no matter when the fight occurs.