There’s nothing unusual about a Mom racing into Walmart with her two kids. What makes this footage so unusual is that it is a Mom moose! In this hilarious clip, she trots across an intersection – heading for the store parking lot like it’s the most natural thing in the world. We wondered what she was going to purchase when she got there.
Where Do Moose Normally Live?
It looks as if this particular clip was captured in Alaska. However, moose are found in several regions of the US as well as in Canada, Europe, and Asia.
They tend to occupy the colder northern regions of the US often in areas where there is annual snow cover. They are not able to live in areas where temperatures rise above 80 degrees because they do not have efficient heat loss mechanisms. Moose cannot sweat!
There are several subspecies which live in different regions and they have developed attributes to enable them to make the most of their environments. For example, the moose living in Alaska and Eastern Siberia are the largest subspecies. Among these animals, the bulls can weigh around 1300 pounds and stand seven feet tall to the shoulder. In contrast, Wyoming moose may weigh only around 770 pounds.
Why Do Moose Live In Cities?
Urban moose are a fact of life in many parts of Alaska. For example, they are a common sight on the campus of the University of Anchorage. There is not much of a boundary between the wild country and the city and so the moose just wander in.
In many ways, Anchorage is an ideal city for moose. The sight in this clip is not actually that unusual and they can regularly be seen lounging in backyards and trotting across busy roads. They are so comfortable in the urban environment that they can also be seen rutting on driveways and in front lawns. This is when males run full speed at each other and lock horns!
It’s estimated that around 350 moose are living in the Anchorage area. Whilst some spend all year in the city, others prefer to spend the winter months in the surrounding mountains. It’s most likely that they do this because the city simply provides an easier way for them to get around. There are plenty of plowed trails and roads and it’s a lot easier for the moose to walk along these than through deep snow. Also, there are plenty of green spaces that provide grass!
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