Thursday, February 09, 2012

Moose Calf

Since early last spring we've observed a cow with twins. They kept showing up here and there and different ones of the family would say they saw them. This winter we have had a lot of snow and the minus temperatures began in November! Seems the very cold days hung on forever and the snow kept falling. With the deeper snowfall we have seen a lot of moose on the plowed roads. Not a good mix--ambling moose and frenzied drivers.
A few months back we saw two dead moose calves. One appeared to have just curled up and died. Makes my heart sad.

Now for the last three days a cow and calf have hung out here near the house. The calf walked slower than usual. Just stays bedded down while the cow moved on browsing. She keeps returning and bedding down close by throughout the day.

Doug got out his tree trimmer and cut down the high branches and put them near the calf. He ate yesterday and this morning. After eating this morning he laid down and hasn't lifted his head once. I am concerned. I don't know much about moose everyday life but I suspect this is not normal.

Say a prayer for our moose calf.

Update: This calf died last night. 2/10/12

1 comment:

Shmoopywood said...

Oh, how sad :(I am very sorry to hear this.