An Elk Walked Up Behind A Group Of Firefighters. What She Does Next, OMG!Ashley Maisano
An elk named Buttons wanders around some of the properties along state Route 10 from Ellensburg to Cle Elum in Washington. This elk is not your typical wild elk. She was orphaned when she was little and has made the hillside her home. She is known by everyone in Kittitas County, and is extremely friendly.
Since there aren’t other elk around, she has adopted the goats and horses in the area as her family. She also spends a lot of time up on the hill near Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, home of the Cle Elum Seven chimpanzees. People at the sanctuary call her “Ellie” and oftentimes she will show up, walk through the crowd and nuzzle people.
Recently, Kittitas County firefighters were fighting a wildfire in the woods when Buttons came out from the trees. When she saw the firefighters, she went right up to them and greeted each one with nudges and kisses. She loves the attention and enjoys being petted. I’ve never seen such a friendly elk!