In the video below, one family watched in awe as a moose shed one of his antlers right in front of them. This rare moment is one that few people ever get to witness in life. And this family was quick enough to capture it on film.
Watch the moose stand still in a snowy field outside of Laramie, Wyoming. The docile creature was grazing when he suddenly shook his head – and off goes the large antler!
The clip was captured in November of 2015. And since then, it has been picked up by National Geographic and other amazing media outlets. Watch the clip below and see what it is like for a moose to shed his antler.
“The moose shook his head and his paddle fell off right in front of us. It was amazing,” Kim Eberhart told National Geographic.
Although the moment happened quickly, Eberhart and her family were worried the poor moose was in pain.
“He then looked a little scared and stunned and was shaking his head and made a really mournful sound afterward.”
The video was captured by Ederhart’s uncle, and in it, you can hear an unidentified woman saying, “He’s in pain, he’s crying. Poor guy.”
In reality, moose are more likely to feel relieved, moose biologist Bill Samuel from the University of Alberta said. The shedding happens every year and is thought to be painless.
“Usually both antlers are shed within hours or days of one another,” author Art Rodgers writes in the book Moose. “Bulls will occasionally try to speed up completion of the process by knocking the old antlers against trees to shed them.”
But Samuel admits that witness it happens is very rare.
In the clip, the moose shakes his head and the antler simply falls out. The family is shocked to have witnessed the act.
But as National Geographic writes, “Moose antlers are deciduous…meaning they’re meant to fall off.”
More than 1.2 million people have watched this shocking nature clip on YouTube. And you can too below.
Here are a few comments that passionate viewers wrote in the comments:
“I’d wait in the car till the moose walks off than grab that antler. That’s pretty cool,” wrote one excited viewer.
“Beautiful being. Awesome to get that moment on camera!” VeganVixen wrote. “It must feel awkward to suddenly have that weight imbalance on the head.”
Some people are confused about the pluralization of the word ‘moose.’ But CPoLofVancouver sets the record straight: “There’s a reason for why the plural of moose is simply moose. See, our word moose is derived from the Algonquian Narragansett language moos. Conversely, the word goose (& its derivatives) comes from the Proto-Indo-European word ghans, which later morphed into the Old English gos. Complicating matters is the fact that in Eurasia moose are generally called elk, which means really big deer. Moose/elk are of course a different species to what we in NA call elk.”
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