Doc is one of three bull elk that live here on Grandfather Mountain. He arrived on Dec. 7, 2017, with two other young males when he was about five months old. Doc and his two companions, Merle and Watson, were all born in Salisbury, N.C., on the ranch of an elk farmer.
When Doc and the others made the ride up from Salisbury, keepers were worried that the long trip, as well as the bumpy and winding roads on the mountain, would be very stressful for the young elk. However, when they arrived, they were all very calm and were able to be introduced into their new habitat almost immediately, without an acclimatization period in the shifting paddock.
When shifting the elk for meals, Doc is usually the second one into the paddock, but has no problem telling Watson to move to another bowl of grain if he decides he likes that bowl best. After the elk’s evening meal, keepers will also toss a variety of produce into their habitat, including apples, sweet potatoes, carrots and romaine lettuce.
Being the oldest, Doc is the most independent of the three and wasn’t as curious about his keepers as the other two when he arrived. But over the next several weeks, he warmed up to his new caretakers and now gets excited when they offer him produce. He will even take some produce from his keepers’ hands!
Doc was the first of the boys to start growing his antlers.
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