National Park Mystery Photo 20: What Curious Thing Is This?

Where might you find this object in the National Park System? National Park System file photo.

Time is reflected in the worn profile of this animal, that much is obvious. But where in the National Park System can you set your eyes upon it?


For some strange reason, all I can see of this image is the tip of an ear (only a fraction of the photo is downloading) so I am going out on a limb and saying it's
BRIGHTY of the Grand Canyon (North Rim's Grand Canyon Lodge). I am probably WAY off but I thought I would take a stab at it! Ha Ha!

Nope, not Brighty, Connie.

Sorry Kurt, but like Connie, I'm only seeing part of the photo - the upper 5 or 6% (tip of an ear?) and the lower 5 or 6% (the snout?). So I'll take a really wild guess and say it's something prehistoric found in Arizona or Utah.

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley?

That's very odd, Dennis. Not sure why it's not fully loading. Others can see the entire image.

Another Internet mystery. That said, you're right about the top of an ear and part of a snout, but it's not prehistoric and it's not in Utah or Arizona.

Well, Anonymous, it's not "Scotty's Castle," but you are definitely heading in the right direction.

I, too, only see the top, so here goes: Yoda!

I would have guessed Brighty, too, since I can only see the ears. But when I look at the thumbnail image on the previous page, it seems to me that it looks more like a Mountain Goat-type animal. So I am going to guess that we can see this somewhere in Glacier?

Kurt, I can see only the top & bottom strips, perhaps 25% of the total. Looks like a well-worn metal sculpture of a deer's head mounted on old paneling? Something like a coat rack in one of the classic lodges that only the few can afford?

Hmmm, very odd, very odd. No, not from Glacier, and no, not a coat rack from any lodge, affordable nor not.

I'll be curious to learn if folks can see the full photo in tomorrow's answer.

Looks like a coyote to me, maybe a fox.. naw coyote, where I have not a clue.

O.K. So you didn't say no to my animal guesses, just to the locale. Next guess: Zion

I can see where Random Walker might guess coyote or fox, but those animals have their eyes facing forward. This animal's eyes appear to be on the sides of the face, indicating a prey animal, not a predator.

It looks like a mule deer with those ears. But I don't have a clue from what park it could be from. More than likely one out west, vs one in the east. That is my best guesstimate.

Based on the size of the wood grain in the background, I suspect it's a metal casting used as a door handle, coat hook, or wildlife gargoyle decoration at a lodge I'm not rich enough to have ever been to.

I'd bet on a deer against RW's fox.

I guess armadillo!