A few things I know about Moose (Meese? Mooses?)


Did you know that...

Moose are HUGE!

Moose are the largest members of the deer family, weighing as much as 1200 pounds – a little bit more than a manhole cover plus a grand piano, a little bit less than a speedboat. They can grow to be 5 to 6.5 feet from hooves to shoulders. This does not include a raised head or antlers, so it's safe to say that moose tower over most people except, perhaps, Kevin Durant and Lebron James!

Moose eat A LOT!

With huge size comes a huge appetite. Moose are browsers and will casually devour 73 pounds of shrubs, woody plants, and aquatic vegetation a day in the summer – which is equal to the weight of 37,500 plain M&Ms, an average 11 year old boy or 300 kittens. In the winter they eat less; about 34 pounds – 560 pencils, the Stanley Cup or your microwave – worth of buds and twigs.

Moose are GREAT swimmers! Moose are naturally gifted swimmers, which, based on their giant bodies, long spindly legs and enormous, top-heavy antlers doesn't really seem possible. It's common, though, to see one hop right into a lake and swim across at up to 6 mph – as fast as a polar bear and faster than the fastest Olympic swimmer.