Watson is one of two bull elk that live here on Grandfather Mountain. He arrived on Dec. 7, 2017, with another young male when he was about four months old. Watson was born in Salisbury, N.C., on the ranch of an elk farmer.
When Watson made the ride up from Salisbury, keepers 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, he was very calm and were able to be introduced into their new habitat almost immediately, without an acclimatization period in the shifting paddock.
Watson was quick to warm up to his new keepers, walking right up to the fence to see if they had brought anything tasty for him. He got so comfortable taking produce from his keepers’ hands that the keepers had to start figuring out ways to distract him so that the other elk also had a chance to get some! Watson was the last of the boys to start growing his antlers.
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