We feel very fortunate here at Real Banff, thanks to the generous folks who have shared their amazing photographs with us via the #MyBanff hashtag on Instagram. We saw over 35,ooo candid #MyBanff moments in 2015, including some phenomenal looks at some of the 53 species of mammals in these Canadian Rockies. Here are some of the memorable ones, with captions from our in-house tweeting animal expert, the Banff Squirrel.
"Smell my breath. Smell it. Smmeeeeeeellllll it."
"Look to your right, honey. Your other right..."
Officially the last time she lets the kid give her a haircut.
Baby bighorns have adorable little horns.
Fun Fact: Beaver teeth never stop growing, because they never stop gnawing. Incisors grow up to 4 feet in a single year!
This porcupine did 53 pull ups-a new park record.
A pika on his way to a hot date.
This deer can read.
Excuse me, while I kiss the sky.
Using Your Noggin.
Fun Fact: A bighorn ram's horns can weigh more than all the bones in his body combined.
"Yes I am digging for berries with my head. What of it?"
Photo Owen Slater Photography.
"Hey buddy, mind if I stop here. Where are your antlers? What's your name? What's that smell? Seen any shiny things? Can I have a lift to Jasper? What time is it?"
Magpies never shut up....
"Awww, look how adorable they are, all hairless and in their cute outfits."
Cute pine marten...plotting something evil.
"Oh, hello there and welcome to the forest. May I check your lunch bag? "
They knew there'd be a bunch of 'Bambi & Thumper' jokes, but they didn't care.
Photo by Banff Squirrel
"For the millionth time, tell the guy in the back not to stare at the camera!"
Bighorn sheep can be jerks.
This deer just looks like he's up to no good.
The Animals are Evolving.
This could mean trouble.
"I just walked right up to the buffet and made a salad!"
Photo by Lisa Vinderskov
The Family 'Dandelion-Walrus-Tusk' Game
"Hey, son-check this out. I am a walrus!"
Photo by @lindsaysmithphoto
"Like this Mom?"
Photo by @christhommo89
"Not bad, junior. A better walrus than your dad can do."
Photo via @banff_moments, also the credit for the swimming elk up top.