In America, we call this animal a moose. I learned that in Eurasia, it’s called an elk. We use that word for another member of the deer family, which is also called a wapiti. This is done to clarify a few things for my followers who are on the other side of the Atlantic. So, here we have the moose.
I did try to get one picture of each of the subspecies, but most of the ones I found simply said ‘moose’. A lot of them were also of dead moose who had been shot by hunters who proudly stood over them with guns. Even with the hunting and a problem with parasites, the moose population holds strong. They aren’t endangered and have few predators outside of humans, who can’t win without guns. Wolves as a pack, brown bears, Siberian tigers, and one I’ll mention later are it. So, there isn’t a lot of things that can kill a full-grown moose.
Let’s get a fact list going:
- Moose are found in Northern America (Canada and upper states) and along the Northern territories of Europe and Asian.
- They are most noted for their open-hand shaped antlers.
- Moose can grow up to 6’11” at the shoulder with males being around 1,543 lbs and females being 1,080 lbs. They can get up to 10’2” long. These are massive animals.
- They have long muzzles and can close off their nostrils to help them feed on aquatic vegetation.
- Moose are powerful swimmers and can dive over 18 feet.
- THE SURPRISE PREDATOR: Orcas (killer whales) have been known to eat moose in the water. Imagine seeing this happen.
- Cows typically give birth to twins instead of one calf. There have also been cases of triplets.
- They are the official state animal of Maine.
- Moose are browsing feeders instead of grazers. This means it is an herbivore that eats leaves, soft shoots, and fruits instead of grass.
- Their antlers can have a span of nearly 6 feet.
- Calves can outrun a human by the time they are 5 days old.
- A moose can kick in any direction.
Let’s get the pictures and videos. Again, I can’t really be sure if the picture is of the correct subspecies. Many of them look the same and I had to trust the site I found it on through Google Image Search.