Human children aren’t the only ones to get excited about a snow day! In the fascinating video at the end of this article, watch as a young bull moose enjoys the first snowfall of the season. A temperature sitting a few degrees below freezing doesn’t stop him as he gallops through the snow, kicking snow mounds and nipping at the ground beneath him. By the end of the video, this young moose has a nose covered in snow. And, though the video comes to an end, it does so with the moose still enjoying himself, the final clip being that of him jumping around in the snow once more.
Species Profile: Moose
The moose (Alces alces) is the largest of all deer species, as well as the tallest mammal in North America. They are tolerant to cold weather and snow, as seen with the bull moose, but they avoid extreme weather. Their specialized hooves can act much like snowshoes when traversing treacherous terrain. They are unable to produce sweat. Instead, they help regulate their body temperature by inhaling the cold air of their environment and exhaling warm air.
Each year, they will shed their antlers. Rest assured, however, the next year, they’ll grow once more, as is common with deer species. However, their antlers differ greatly from many of their deer cousins. They are wide, growing to be between four and six feet total, with a comb shape. When their antlers are first growing, they will be covered in a fuzzy material known as velvet. The velvet on all antlers contains small blood vessels that help feed nutrients to the antlers as they grow. Once the antlers are finished growing for the season, they will shed this velvet layer.
There are several different subspecies of moose.
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