A picture for #TBT to June when I was in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
We had enjoyed a very relaxing morning at Miette Hot Springs and were on our way back to camp when we happened across this pair of little ones as well as eight ewes. The adults were quite comfortable with my family and another watching them and paid us little attention. The young ones though seemed fascinated by all the attention and put on quite a show of bounding around the side of the mountain then stopping and seeming to look to make sure we were watching.
Found across much of western North America, Bighorn Sheep are adept mountain climbers, best known for the male ram’s monstrous horns. While the animals are social, rams and ewes typically only meet during mating season. The young are kept on high ledges to help protect them from predators.