DO You Know? | 2019-02-21 |


DO You Know?

21 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

• The moose is the largest member of the deer family. A full grown male moose is taller than a horse and can weigh over 1300 lbs.

• Moose can have antlers that span up to 5 feet and weigh over 65 pounds.

• Moose loses their antlers once a year and they can run up to 56 km/h.

• A charging moose can come at you at 35 mph! Don’t look them in the eye. Males are territorial and irritable during the rut, and will take staring them in the eye as aggressive posture. So it’s best to avoid them, unless you can run 36 miles per hour.

• One of the biggest threats they face comes from a snail. Certain snails carry a parasite called brain worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis), and moose frequently ingest small snails while foraging in warm, shallow water. Brain worms cause neurological damage that can be fatal to moose.

• Moose spend so much time in water that it prolongs their life. Seriously - standing around in water all day takes some of the stress off their bones and joints, which reduces their chances of osteoporosis and arthritis.

• They can close their nostrils, which gives them the ability to graze under water.

• They are born knowing how to swim and continue to be great swimmers as adults. A full-grown moose can swim at 6 mph, and keep that pace for two hours.