Monday, June 16, 2008
It's Tough to be a Moose
I was so excited to see our local mama moose coming down to the pond to drink this evening and smiled as the baby frolicked in and out of the water (this picture was taken after 11 pm), but the delight soon turned to sadness when I saw that there was only one baby left, and the fur on mama's back was all torn up.
There is a reason moose normally have twins; all too many don't make it. Judging by mama's state, a bear went for this one. I can't see a dog ripping up the fur on her back like that. She obviously fought for her little one. This happens all the time, and is the cycle of life in nature, but usually we don't see the evidence wandering through our yard. If I were going to be an animal, a moose is not one I would want to be. It seems like a tough existence.