If you were this big guy and had been furiously guarding your harem of 15 or so cows from a few other bulls, you would be thirsty too. Taken in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Moraine Park area, this bull had lost a few females to other suitors but was overall doing a good job keeping the group together. After fending off a younger bull that tried to siphon some off, he took a break just long enough to grab a quick drink from the creek.
The annual rut is an extraordinary event and if you ever get a chance to see it, I would highly recommend it. Taken September 20, 2015.