On a recent visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a nature photographer got more than he bargained for while snapping pics of an elk. Afraid of startling the young bull, the man sat with remarkable patience as it poked, prodded, and headbutted him for what must have felt like an eternity.

As you'll see in the video taken by Vince Camiolo, the photographer got away without being hurt, except for what must have been a very sore head, and perhaps some frayed nerves:

At around the 4-minute mark, things get a bit tense, and it's a miracle he didn't get impaled or have an eye poked out.

This is what is what the ordeal looked like from the photographer's perspective:

This is what it's like to get bullied by an elkS

Check out some of Camilo's other work here. And jeez, what is it with elk these days?