In honor of yesterday’s post, here are a few fun facts about Moose.
11 Fun Moose Facts
- Moose are the largest members of the deer family.
- Male moose, or bulls, have huge antlers that they shed each winter, which are different from deer antlers in their shape. The antlers help channel sound to a moose’s ears.
- The word “moose” comes from an Native American word that means “twig eater.”
- In spite of their spindly legs, moose are very good swimmers and they can swim about 6 mph.
- They can close their nostrils and submerge under the water for 30 seconds or more.
- That flap of skin hanging from a moose’s throat is called a bell. Scientists aren’t completely sure what it’s purpose is, but they think it helps males attract females.
- Moose can run up to 35 miles an hour over short distances, and trot steadily at 20 miles an hour.
- If a bull moose is castrated, he will shed his current set of antlers and grow new, deformed and misshapen antlers which will never be shed again. These antlers are often called “devil’s antlers” and are the source of several Native American myths. In rare cases, cow moose may grow antlers due to a hormone imbalance.
- Thomas Jefferson once requested that a dead moose be delivered to France to prove that animals from the USA were more impressive than European animals.
- The plural of moose is moose.
- In Europe, the moose is known as an elk, which is North America is a completely different animal.
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