I haven’t done #MooseMonday in a while so…
With its antlers freshly clean of the velvet, this big guy was anxious and ready and willing – but lacking a suitable target for his love. Something though got the attention of his nose and he was taking a serious smell of the air.
This is called the flehmen response. Many mammals will do this, curling their lips, raising their head and inhaling deeply allowing them to get a better sampling of a particular smell that interests them – kind of like a human taking a big whiff to smell something.
Taken last September in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado.