Nature is a beautiful thing. It’s hard not to love the feeling of being surrounded by our natural environment, free from technology and masses of people. While not everyone enjoys soaking up quiet and serene moments in nature, most of us can appreciate these moments on film. It is for this reason that one video is proving to be quite a hit amongst viewers. Thanks to filmmaker, Dan Nystedt, millions of people have been able to watch a face-off between a wolf and a moose in the beautiful and picturesque location of Ontario, Canda.
When Nystedt set out to capture some nature footage on film, he didn’t realize he would witness a once-in-a-lifetime moment unfold before him.
The aerial footage starts out with some serene views of the water, flanked by trees with beautiful brightly colored leaves. The camera spots the moose, standing alone in the calm water. And then it happens. The background music picks up as we see the wolf enter the scene from the shoreline. The moose stomps at the wolf trying to scare him off and then the wolf uses his skills to go after the moose’s legs while underwater. You can see the moose start to slow down as the wolf is attached to his leg. He has a tight grip as he remains clinging to the leg.
Finally, the moose manages to shake the wolf free and he walks away. But then the wolf picks up steam once again and swims toward the moose, catching up quickly. But as the moose approaches more shallow water, he is able to pick up his trot and once again loses the wolf. Finally, toward the end of the video, we see the wolf officially give up, or at least we think he is giving up. The camera follows him as he swims to shore, and walks along the train tracks. He is greeted by another wolf, who follows him along the tracks, where the two head back into the water, evidently closer to the moose.
The video leaves you hanging at the end, as it shows the moose swimming alone again and it closes in on the area where the wolves most likely went back in the water to team up on the moose together.
While you would think that size matters when it comes to predators, apparently it doesn’t, as wolf going after moose isn’t all that rare. According to Scientists, moose are a wolf’s main source of food in some areas.
“The wolves, in turn, help keep the moose population in check,” an article in Scientific American states. “But when the wolves eat too many moose, the resulting food shortage pares down the former’s number, controlling their population, as well.”
Viewers commented on how intense the footage is…
“It’s like watching Planet Earth all over again, I don’t want the predator to starve, but at the same time, I don’t want the prey to die.”
“I feel for the wolf too. This is peculiar behavior for a wolf, right? They hunt in packs and the size difference here is huge, it never really had a chance. I wonder if it’s starving after losing its pack or if it’s typical smaller mammal prey are not as abundant.”