COMMON NAME: Moose
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Alces alces
GROUP NAME: Herd
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 15 to 20 years
SIZE: Height at shoulder: 5 to 6.5 feet
WEIGHT: 1,800 pounds
The largest and Most Magnificent of the deer is the moose. Male moose call bull moose. Bull moose can grow up to 6.5 feet in length. Their large, beautiful horns can identify the males.
Behavior in Summer and Winter
They prefer to eat tall grasses and shrubs because it is difficult to lower their head to ground level. In winter, they eat shrubs and pinecones but scratch the snow with their large hooves to clear areas for moss and lichen to roam. These hoofs also act as snow cover to support heavy animals in soft snow and muddy or swampy areas.
During the summer, they are common in North America, Europe, and northern Asia. This is because when the ice melts, moose often move near lakes, rivers, or wetlands. Mousse prefers to be in the water. They are good swimmers despite their extensive stock. They have been seen kicking a few miles at a time and will stay completely submerged for 30 seconds or more.
Moose are similarly nimble on land. They can run up to 35 miles an hour over short distances and trot steadily at 20 miles an hour.
Every September and October, the males shout loudly to attract mates. Fighting each other is a ubiquitous sight these days. After intercourse, after mating, both do not live together. Although they feed on the same soil from time to time, they tend to ignore each other.
In the spring, the females give birth to one or two pups. A calf weighs about 30 pounds on average. These pups proliferate and can outgrow a person in about five days. These pups stay with the mothers until the next mating.
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