The original story went viral with everyone sharing the video, however the story doesn’t have a happy ending for the now famous Elk.
The video below shots photographer James York and a young bull elk getting into a head-butting match, after the elk became curious about his gear.
Today it’s been discovered that the elk has been put down by the Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
James York issued a statement when he found out what had happened to the elk.
I love and respect animals and that’s why I photograph them and don’t hunt them. I am deeply hurt by the loss of such a beautiful creature that in its own way bonded with me. I looked forward to watching him grow to a mature bull as the years passed.
I’m truly heartbroken to know he is gone.
According to park rangers the elk had been exhibiting aggressive behaviour for a long time and this was their only course of action.
It’s a sad end to a story where a curious elk found himself as an internet sensation, it’s true what they say “curiosity killed the elk“.