Friday, September 25, 2009

A bit of Alaska -- 4 --Mooooooooooooooose


Now this fella has a pretty nice rack on his head. Know how much those things weigh? A lot! We visited him at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Girdwood. It is a wildlife rescue center, and the animals there have been ill or injured, given proper care, but for one reason or another are unable to return to the wild.









This fella, on the other hand, was a bit scruffy of antler, having quite a bit of velvet still hanging in bits and snatches. He was quite congenial to watch through the fence, and the fence wires were wide enough that I could stick the camera through to get a view without crossed wires impeding it.




You do gotta be careful, though!


...and keep an eye on what is happening on the other side of the fence. rather than watching the  tourists...                                                                                              

...or noticing that you have just missed feeding time in the nursery. Is that a mooooooooostache?









Look at Junior's little chin tuft!















Though I haven't myself seen one there, it is not uncommon to see a moose wandering in the streets of downtown Anchorage. They are big! The largest member of the deer family. This is just to separate the pictures above from the one below. "Stand here and smile, Honey." (He had no idea what I was up to.)


6 comments:

Thumbelina said...

Graceful even despite their size. Beautiful creatures.

And I love your wicked sense of humour. What did he say when he say the print? lol

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Adorable photos!

PERBS said...

You are a sneaky Pete! hehehe Does "he" know you put this photo online? You just wanted to show off his head of hair with no gray, didn't you? lol

Gattina said...

Wow what an impressive guy with these big horns ! a wonderful picture !!

Trisha said...

I love moose! While never having seen one during any of our trips to Alaska, your pictures make me feel like I was right there with you!

inlandempiregirl said...

I saw a moose last spring while driving to school and I was truly amazed at how massive he was. I agree with the advice you left on my blog about photography. Isn't it nice how we can experiment and experiment and never have to pay for film or developing?