Is the photo below an outtake from the TV show Dancing with the Dogs?
Not quite, but the sight of an almost-dancing black-tailed prairie dog, supplied by the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, got me thinking: What’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen wildlife do in the wilderness?
For me, that’s easy. On a warm day after hiking to the top of 5,723-foot Mount Dickerman, a picturesque destination found in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest northeast of Seattle, I spotted a black bear below me ambling across Dickerman’s snowy lower slopes.
A black-tailed prairie dog appears ready to bust a move. (Photo: Dept. of Interior)
At one point the bear simply flopped on his belly, assumed a spread-eagle formation, and began sliding down a snow-covered decline. When his momentum ran out, he stood up, climbed back up the slope and resumed bodysurfing.
A wild animal at play—so unexpected, and so entertaining. The bear did this a couple more times and then just wandered into the woods
How about you? What’s the most amusing thing you’ve seen wildlife do out in the backcountry?