Bison Protect Their Helpless

Predators Not Welcome

From this morning’s Twitter feed via Yellowstone National Park Service:

“A coyote has been staying around Madison waiting for the birth of bison calves. Last week, immediately after giving birth, a cow bison had to defend her newborn calf from a very determined coyote. The cow was worn out from giving birth and the calf was unable to stand yet. The coyote was ultimately unsuccessful, but all three appeared to be exhausted from the interaction.” (Photos and story courtesy of Ranger Joy Guffy)

In the third pic below, the calve (known as “red dogs”) was not frolicking; he was trying to stand up for the first time. He had just been born and didn’t have his legs. The predator — like any other predator — didn’t care about the cow (adults in the room). He cared only to satisfy his appetite:

Coyote attacks bison calf — Joy Guffy Coyote attacks bison calf — Joy Guffy Coyote attacks bison calf — Joy Guffy Coyote attacks bison calf — Joy Guffy Coyote attacks bison calf — Joy Guffy

HT: Yellowstone National Park Service

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