Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mama-less moose

I was driving to our tiny town last week when I had to come to a screeching halt lest I hit... a young moose.

He skittered onto the road then dashed off again, bouncing around the unfamiliar buildings and streets with confusion.

He (or she) is clearly under a year old, probably about eight months (assuming he was born last spring). What happened to his mother? No idea. She might have been hit by a train, which is unfortunately not uncommon around here. Baby moose don't seem to do well if they lose their mothers at too young an age.

Poor little baby, I hope he makes it.


  1. Poor little feller/girl. I hope s/he makes it.

  2. I have the theme song for Northern Exposure playing in my head as i look at those pics. :) You never know mom could be around. We had a fawn lay by our well for a full day last spring,moms are usually around, just too wary to come out.

  3. So neat that you see random things like that. I've never seen a live moose before so it's cool that you posted it. I hope it finds it's mom and she finds him/her. Have a great day!

  4. Congratulations. For some strange reson, you've seen more moose than I have this year. Ya'll have spring robins? We have spring moose!

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  5. My little kiddos love a children's chapter-book series about "Bub Moose", a precocious little moose who is known to wander from his mother. The animals all "talk" and have other extremely fictional qualities. My oldest (age 6 at the time) announced, "Mom, those books aren't real." I said, "yeah? how do you know that?" and he replied, "because a moose would never be friends with a wolf." So there you have it--the book series isn't exactly "realistic".

  6. About 13 years ago, I was headed to Elmendorf AFB and joked about running into a moose before I left. My first week there, I was on patrol on the base perimeter when one of those little guys up there stepped right in front of the vehicle. Luckily we didn't hit it....