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Moose Facts And Information

- The word "moose" is derived from the Natik word "moos" which itself is derived from the Proto-Algonquian "mooswa" (twig-eater).

- Moose can be found in the Northern Hemisphere and the largest animals can grow up to be 7 feet tall and over 1500 pounds.

- They have a life expectancy of 8 to 25 years.
- Moose are the largest member of the deer family. The moose is the national animal in Norway and Sweden.

- Moose are known to be very good swimmers (up to 6 miles per hour) and they can run up to 35 miles per hour.

- Thanks to their long legs which are insulated from the cold by a rather thick coat of hollow hairs, moose can walk through snow easily.

- They have very bad eyesight (almost blind) but compensate with their hear and sense of smell which are very developed.

- Moose are color blind due to the fact that they have a shortage of cones. - In normal situations, moose aren't aggressive at all but when they are hungry/tired, the situation changes. Another situation in which moose get aggressive is when they are harassed by people/dogs or even traffic.

- Mothers with young calves get very aggressive and will likely attack people who are getting too close.

- Moose migrations can exceed 300km.

- Moose can be easily identified from other deer thanks to their sheer size of hooves.
- Although they have a respectable size and can run fast for short distances, moose fall prey to black/grizzly bears and wolves.

- Recent studies say that up to 75% of the newborn moose can be killed in their first eight weeks of life by bears.

- These animals are usually solitary animals but the situation changes during the mating season.

- They eat roots, birch and aspen twigs, willow, grasses and pond weeds along with insects, aquatic plants, lichens.

- They can feed underwater.

- Moose eat up to 20 kg of plants each and every day.

- A male moose (bull) normally weights 540 up to 720 kg (approximately 1200 to 1600 lb) while the female moose (cow) weights 400 kg (about 880 lb).

- The record for the biggest moose dates from 1897: 2.34m (7.7 fee ) and an astonishing weight of 825 kg.

- In North Americas there are about 800,000 - 1.2 million animals; every year almost 90,000 moose are killed by hunters. As you can see from the numbers, there are no endangerment problems.
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