An elk and a horse have a rare standoff.
One of the more interesting aspects of nature is how different species interact with each other when there's no predator and prey dynamic going on. It's fascinating to watch a hippo square up with a rhino or to see a whitetail and a mule deer lock antlers in a cross-species brawl.
One thing we don't often see are wild animals interacting with domestic ones. The wild animals usually give humans their space and often aren't quick to approach them.
In this video, a full-grown bull elk has apparently wandered into a campground when he encounters two horses hanging out in their stall. While it's fascinating to watch, the humans standing by watching it play out are understandably concerned about what's going on.
It looks like that elk wanted to sample some of the horse's food, but the horse just wasn't having any of that. Not many animals will stand up to a bull elk after he lowers his head like that, but the horse showed no fear of the antlered intruder. It helps their body sizes are roughly equivalent of one another. We can understand the concern by the horse owners. A big bull like that could do some major damage with those big antlers. Damage that could lead to a costly veterinarian bill.
In case you're thinking that a bull elk won't attack a domesticated farmyard animal, this is at least the second video of a member of a deer family interacting with an animal in a pen. We recently also saw a video of a whitetail buck trying to pick a fight with a bull nearly three times his size.
Fortunately, once the humans decided to leave the trailer, that was enough to finally convince the bull he had overstayed his welcome. We're glad this situation turned out well for all parties involved and that they were able to capture the whole thing on video. It makes for a moment to remember for years to come.