What You'll See:
This is the full-length version of the video associated with Real Elk Sounds – Episodes #177 and #178. With almost no editing (other than when I moved the camera), this version allows you to see the full context in which the cow was traveling, searching for her calf, interacting with other cows and calves, and vocalizing. Additionally, you not only see her behavior and body language, but that of the other cows as well – and their reaction (or lack thereof) to her vocalizations.
Setting the Stage:
This particular cow was traveling with a group of about 30 other cows and calves, and – at some point – became separated from her calf (most likely), and began vocalizing excitedly in an effort to locate it by either sound (the calf vocally replying) or by sight (with the calf showing up and coming to her side). While traffic noise is unfortunate, and unavoidable in this clip, in this case, the existence of the road, and the traffic on it, was largely the cause of WHY this cow was vocalizing the way she was. Unfortunately, however, being along a road, the activity attracted the attention of a good number of spectators, so throughout the video you'll hear various voices, and a persistent camera snapping nearby; just try to listen through it and focus on the cow's vocalizations.
Viewing / Listening Tips:
The audio has been adjusted enough to where you probably don’t need headphones on this one. Vocalizations start roughly six (6) minutes in, and when you see the cows stopping and looking intently off into the distance toward the road, keep in mind they’re actually looking at other elk on the opposite side of the road traveling parallel to their line of travel, not people or cars that are stopping occasionally to look and snap a few pictures.
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