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Bighorn Sheep ram gets caught with its mouth full

My kids used to eat their spaghetti a lot like this guy was eating his grass. 😉

Taken this past November, this young ram was one of about a dozen Bighorns hanging out along the South Platte River in Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver. There is a lot of recreational traffic in the canyon so the herd there is very used to people allowing you get up close and personal with them.

Found across much of western North America, Bighorn Sheep are adept mountain climbers, best known for the adult male ram’s monstrous horns. While the animals are social, rams and ewes typically only meet during mating season. Diseases from European livestock and overhunting had caused the animal’s population to drop precipitously by the early 1900s. Thankfully conservation efforts have been successful in helping the sheep rebound since then.

A Bighorn Sheep munches on grass in Waterton Cayon. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bighorn Sheep munches on grass in Waterton Cayon. (© Tony’s Takes)

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