Gigantic Moose Facts You Will Make You Scratch Your Head

Moose Facts

These large mammals are native to Northern America and frequently are spotted in the colder realms of the continent. With an extremely impressive stature, moose are some of the biggest animals you’ll find. We’ve scoured the sources to find even more interesting tidbits.

Moose Facts to Entertain You

1 They can weigh up to 1,800 pounds.

2 Baby moose can outrun humans by the time they are five days old.

3 Moose use their hooves as a form of snowshoes in order to support the hefty animals on deep snow or soggy marshlands.

4 The word moose originates from the Algonquin Native American tribe, and means “twig eater.”

5 Moose can run over 35 miles per hour, but are more the sprinting type and can only sustain it over short distances.

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6 Moose are herbivores, and are known to eat around 50 to 60 pounds of vegetation every single day.

7 Moose antlers are massive, and can spread up to six feet from end to end.

8 Moose are excellent swimmers, reaching top speeds of six miles per hour in the water and have been known to last as long as two hours at a time.

9 In the wild, moose live about 15 to 20 years on average.

10 Moose are the largest of all deer species.

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11 In 2013, scientists at Iowa State University were presented with the oldest recorded specimen of the moose’s ancient ancestor: the stag moose. The piece of bone was carbon dated to be 30,000 years old, making it the oldest moose related find in the North American continent.

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What to Do When a Moose Charges You

Moose aren’t afraid of us humans, and therefore, don’t usually run away at the sight of people. This fact makes it all the more tempting to approach a moose – to touch, to pet, to feed. Unfortunately, that can turn out to be a grave mistake.

By nature, moose aren’t normally aggressive toward people, but if you provoke one, the consequences can be fatal. Just like most living beings on this planet, moose will do anything to protect their babies or their territory once they decide that you’re threatening them.

Don’t buy into the misconception that because moose look kinda bored and slow, they’re sluggish. In fact, you’re unlikely to outrun these animals should one of them decide to attack. So, what should you do when you see a moose in your path? Are you supposed to keep walking? Or is it time to back off?