(Alces alces). Patient Number 21-370.
Date of admission: June 2nd, 2021.
Reason for admission: Orphaned.
Moose are the largest and heaviest living species of the 'Cervidae' family. This family includes close relatives such as; Caribou, Deer, and Elk, classified commonly as ‘hoofed ruminants'. Moose range in height from 5 to 6.5 feet (1.5 to 2 meters), and weigh between 595 to 1,323 pounds (270 to 600 kg) depending on the gender.
Adult male moose are called Bulls, adult females are called Cows, and babies are called Calves. Male moose are easily distinguished from other species of deer by the presence of their palmate (open-hand shaped) antlers; all other males of the deer family have twig-like antler configurations. Forests provide a variety of edible plants, protection from predators, and offer protection from both the extreme hot and cold temperatures that occur seasonally across its range. Moose eat a variety of terrestrial and aquatic vegetation including willow and birch, young trees, and a variety of shrubs and pond grasses.
This moose calf was brought to AIWC after he was found alone, without his mother. After multiple attempts to reunite were unsuccessful, this calf was transported to AIWC so that he could receive immediate care. Suspected to be 2 days old upon arrival, this calf is currently receiving care to improve his overall body condition.
This moose calf made a terrific recovery and was released back to the wild in an area with other moose in the fall of 2021. Thank you for your support of this moose calf in need!