Uprooted Magnolia

Moose Encounter

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by leahyetter on August 13, 2012

We took a road trip recently traveling through back roads of Wyoming and into Colorado.

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And wouldn’t you know we saw a momma moose and her calf.

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They were distracted by something else and didn’t pay much attention to us. We kept our distance anyhow.

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We drove off, made our way around the corner and there was another one all brushed up in the willows.

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This was my first sighting of a moose and it was super cool to watch them move so gracefully around the land and in the tall brush.

A few moose facts:
-Moose are the largest of all the deer species.
-The flap of skin that sways beneath each moose’s throat is known as a bell
-Their hooves act as snowshoes to support themselves in soft snow and in muddy or marshy ground.
-Moose are at home in the water and, despite their staggering bulk, are good swimmers.
-Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring—each weighing some 30 pounds.
-Calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old.
(Thanks for the info NatGeo!)