Vince M. Camiolo and his photographer friends were documenting elk at the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park when one photographer became a victim of elk harassment that verged on attack.

The photographer hunkered down to protect his viral organs and his head, but that only seemed to instigate the bull elk to head-butt him. 

After the photographer decided he played enough defense, he stood up which seemed to surprise the elk sufficiently for him to calmly walk into one of the cars to safety. 

The video has gone viral with over 215,000 views in two days, and has been featured on PetaPixel, DailyPicks, TheAwesomer, and HuffPost