We recently purchased Junior to help fill the void that we had after Clyde left us. We seriously discussed could another animal be as amazing as Clyde?
We contacted Andy Azcarraga, who runs Plateau Valley Elk Ranch, and asked him if he had a bull calf that was gentle enough to be tamed. We were ready to have a new elk!
Andy told us he could do one better, he had a 2 year old bull that was already a 4 point ( this is rare most the time they are a spike) and that he was a super nice guy.
He forwarded photos of him and we instantly fell in love! Look at his kind face!
Fun fact about the Plateau Valley Elk ranch. They purchased some of there first domesticated Elk from Lou Wyman!
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Junior finally arrives!
A week before our big Pumpkin Patch. Oct. 2012
Junior takes a big leap into his new home!
He is checking out his new home will he like it?
Junior has been with us now for almost 4 months now and has fit in very nicely! He loves apples, corn on the cobb, apple horse treats and the occasional oreo cookie!
He is now talks to us when we go out to feed him. He will coming running when you call him to recieve a treat or some loving.
Most afternoons you can catch him running around and playing. He even likes to play either soccer or basketball we are not sure yet? He kicks the ball and then he will toss it.And eventually he pops the ball and the funs over.
Lets play Ball!
Some facts about Elk:
The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species of deer in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America.
The North American Elk (Cervus elaphus) is also called the Wapiti, a Shawnee word meaning "white rump."
Junior is showing off his "white" rump
The average size of an elk:
|Newborn Calf||35 pounds (16 kg)|
|Cow||500 pounds (225 kg)|
4-1/2 feet (1.3 m) at the shoulder
6-1/2 feet (2 m) from nose to tail
|Bull||700 pounds (315 kg)|
5 feet (1.5 m) at the shoulder
8 feet (2.4 m) from nose to tail
Stop by and see our new Boy, Junior, he would love to meet you, and bring an apple that will make his day!