(Alces alces). Patient Number 20-0362.
Date of admission: June 2nd, 2020.
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 both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation including willow and birch, young trees, and a variety of shrubs, and a variety of pond grasses.
This moose calf was brought to AIWC with her brother, after their mother was sadly killed in a vehicle accident. They were transported over 450km to AIWC so they could receive immediate care. Suspected to be 2 weeks old upon arrival, both were examined and determined to be in relatively healthy body conditions.
The calves remained at AIWC through the winter of 2020-2021 and were successfully returned to the wild together in the spring of 2021. Thank you for helping us to keep them forever wild!