Special Resident of the Colorado Valley

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Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

I don't think he had ever looked in the mirror so he didn't realize how special he was!

No I am only part way there Craig: this greeting comes from Nuku'alofa, Tonga.


EVA_L on July 8, 2009

It looks pretty! You had an interesting meeting, dear Yan :)


Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Yes Eva, I even sat down for a chat. I grew up with cattle so I appreciate large animals and enjoy talking calmly to them. And he wasn't afraid of me and I wasn't afraid of him. We both have our imperfections so we had plenty of common ground for conversation. As I chatted, he chewed the cud, nonchalantly.



Theolfa on July 8, 2009

A beautiful portrait, Ian! He seems to have a deformed antler & it's projecting straight forward so it must make grazing difficult. Theolfa

M.Kranenborg-Torn on July 8, 2009

What a nice meating you have with this deformed animal.

Greetings from Greetje.

Sigurtor Holm on July 8, 2009

great shot.

Erik van den Ham on July 8, 2009

Pretty bizarre, the special antler he has. Hope you had a good conversation.

Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.

David Hume

Greetings, Erik

Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Greetje, Hans, Sig, Erik.

It is special that this unusual animal has attracted your attention. I think that the quote that Erik has included in his message can be applied to you all. As bizarre as this animal's deformity may appear, it is your compassion, sense of justice and mercy that is also revealed by your choosing to respond.

So thank you each for your affirmation of this my friend!


Erik van den Ham on July 8, 2009

I rest my case, Ian Couldn't have said it any better.


Tom Sellek on July 9, 2009

Poor! it has not found a esthetic surgeon Ian

Ciao Tom

Richard Ryer on July 9, 2009

Greetings Ian, I see mother nature played a joke on this poor fellow this year. Everybody can recognize this fellow when they talk about the bull they saw.



Ian Stehbens on July 9, 2009

Tom and Rich

Greetings Tom. There were aesthetic surgeons in the area for the summer, but they were all on their boats on the nearby lake or else making their last runs up at the ski-resorts... I even found one camped with her husband and family way up in the high forest close to the snowline. But not one of them was interested in doing anything for this fellow. Perhaps he wasn't covered by private medical insurance. Oh well there is always next year to hope for.

It is a wonder, Rich, that there aren't other images of this fellow on Panoramio/GE. I presume from your comment that when antlers are shed, the new set do not match the previous set in form?? And I am sure you know this neck of the woods very well indeed!

Warm regards,


Hazel Coetzee on July 15, 2009

Ooh, Ian - a bad hair day(year) - I do hope his new set of antlers won't be a repeat of this set, for his sake.

He's still a beauty, Ian, and I'm sure you had a good chat. Did you say "Baa-a-aa" or "Bur-r-rr" to him? (this is of great interest to a sheepish person, you see) - anyway - thank you for sharing this lovely animal with us.

Atua owa Ian, my friend! Hazel

For you: thought of you when I saw this.

elida- on August 19, 2009


Oliver S.M. on September 4, 2009

Fleshy animal

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