How fast can you run in 3 feet of snow? I can’t run fast in 0 feet of snow, so you don’t want to see me trying to do that in 3 feet, that’s for sure. But humans aren’t built for that type of sport — at least nowadays. So, if you ever find yourself in a situation when you need to outrun a moose in 3 feet of snow, you’re probably going to be in a bit of trouble, because as big, and “bulky” as moose are, man, those creatures can move. I don’t think moose get enough attention for being extraordinary creatures.
Moose are fascinating creatures. National Geographic did a great piece on them:
Moose are the largest of all the deer species. Males are immediately recognizable by their huge antlers, which can spread 6 feet from end to end. Moose have long faces and muzzles that dangle over their chins. A flap of skin known as a bell sways beneath each moose’s throat.
Behavior in Summer and Winter
Moose are so tall that they prefer to browse higher grasses and shrubs because lowering their heads to ground level can be difficult. In winter they eat shrubs and pinecones, but they also scrape snow with their large hooves to clear areas for browsing on mosses and lichens. These hooves also act as snowshoes to support the heavy animals in soft snow and in muddy or marshy ground.
In summer, food is far more plentiful in the northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. When the ice melts, moose are often seen in lakes, rivers, or wetlands, feeding on aquatic plants both at and below the surface. Moose are at home in the water and, despite their staggering bulk, are good swimmers. They have been seen paddling several miles at a time, and will even submerge completely, staying under for 30 seconds or more.
Moose are similarly nimble on land. They can run up to 35 miles an hour over short distances, and trot steadily at 20 miles an hour.
Males, called bulls, bellow loudly to attract mates each September and October. The usually solitary bulls may come together at this time to battle with their antlers for mating supremacy. After mating, the two sexes go their separate ways until the following year. Though they may occasionally feed in the same grounds, they tend to ignore each other.
Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring—each weighing some 30 pounds. These calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old. Young moose stay with their mothers until the following mating season.
And in the video below is a moose literally FLYING through 3 feet of snow. No “bomb cyclone” is going to stop that guy…
You can watch the video below:
The size and speed of a moose in about 3 feet of snow pic.twitter.com/NRNFpcTDsj
— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) December 22, 2022
Now, before you decide to pet a moose and make “friends” with it, please remember that in North America, moose attack more people than bears and wolves combined.
So, best to admire them from a very safe distance!
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