This cute little spring lamb stands somewhat awkwardly amongst the green grass of Banff National Park and it almost seems as if it is posing for this picture. This lamb stopped along Lake Minnewanka Loop Road in the popular Canadian National Park. Ovis canadensis are a mountain breed of sheep, so this lamb will soon be able to explore the dangerous mountain terrain that makes Banff National Park so famous.
Bighorn sheep rams are known for their large horns that circle around their head, but this lamb is still too little to start growing its own pair of impressive horns. They are thought to have come over to North America from Siberia, using the Bering land bridge. They were hunted for their meat and coats and almost became extinct in the 1900s, but have since been the subject of a conservation effort, mainly by the Boy Scouts, and their numbers have steadily climbed back up.
The Bighorn sheep lambs, like most other baby animals, are known for being very playful and they love to run and jump in the grass. They are always born up on high mountain ledges so that the sheep's natural predators cannot get to them and they have a chance to grow and develop before moving down to the more level plains and rejoining a herd with its mother.
Bighorn sheep lamb, Ovis canadensis, along the Lake Minnewanka Loop Road, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/250 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 200mm.
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