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Missus Moose on the Loose

Updated on January 3, 2012
Do not mess with a mama moose.
Do not mess with a mama moose.

Mama Moose Delivers Baby in the City

I have seen possums and raccoons foraging through garbage cans in the middle of a city (South Miami, Florida). And I once saw a bear awkwardly jump a fence to investigate the remnants of an outdoor picnic dinner in a residential area (Ketchikan, Alaska). But until now I never saw a mother moose give birth to her baby right in front of a home in a small downtown neighborhood in Naubinway, Michigan at 5:30 in the morning.

Take a look at these photos of a newborn baby moose and see this moose miracle for yourself:

Baby moose is about 12 hours old.
Baby moose is about 12 hours old.
Maybe I should try the front legs first and then the back.
Maybe I should try the front legs first and then the back.
Time for a snack
Time for a snack
Checking out all moose parts
Checking out all moose parts
Everything seems to be in order.
Everything seems to be in order.
This is a good place to hang out - far from Palin.
This is a good place to hang out - far from Palin.
Source of photos
Source of photos

Some moose facts:

Moose are herbivorous mammals with a life span of 15 to 20 years. They are the largest of all the deer species. Males weight 850 to 1,580 pounds, and females, 600 to 800 pounds. Males are easily recognizable by their huge antlers, which can spread 6 feet from end to end. Moose have long faces and muzzles that dangle over their chins. A flap of skin known as a bell sways beneath its throat.

Moose are so tall – 6 foot and over – that they prefer to browse higher grasses and shrubs because lowering their heads to the ground can be difficult. In winter they eat shrubs and pine cones, but they also scrape snow with their large hooves to clear areas for browsing on mosses and lichens.

In summer, food is more plentiful in the northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. When the ice melts, moose are often seen in lakes, rivers, or wetlands, feeding on aquatic plants both at and below the surface.They are comfortable in the water and, despite their huge size, are good swimmers.

Moose are also nimble on land and can run up to 35 miles an hour over short distances, and trot steadily at 20 miles an hour. Males, called bulls, bellow loudly to attract mates each September and October. The usually solitary bulls may come together at this time to battle with their antlers for mating supremacy. After mating, males and females go their separate ways until the following year. Though they may occasionally feed in the same grounds, they tend to ignore each other.

Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring - each weighing about 30 pounds. These calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old. Young moose stay with their mothers until the following mating season.

One thing puzzles me.  Why do we say the plural for moose is moose when the plural for goose is geese?

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2010, 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"

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    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Susan. Delighted you found Missus Moose and her baby. This was one of my first efforts as a Hub writer so it holds a special place in my heart.

      Thank you for your visit and your offer to link - it would be my pleasure and I will add a link to your Beaver/Moose hub as well.

      What a treat it would be to see moose in one's own yard but living in Alaska does not appeal to me - yet.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your funny pun number nine brought me here. These pictures are awesome.

      We often get a Moose wandering through our city but have never seen something this amazing before. Hope that you don't mind but I'm going to add a link to my Mr. Beaver meets Mr. Moose hub.

      I have some friends that live up in Alaska and the moose come into their yard, go right up to their windows and have a look inside the house. Brave animals.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      I agree - it is remarkable, and also amazing that the moose mama didn't seem to be disturbed by the picture-taking. But I guess when you're 6 feet tall and weight almost half a ton you can afford to be gracious. Thanks for the comment.

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      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Love the photos, truely remarkable that a moose would choose someones garden to give birth. Lovely hub

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