Pet Moose

Status: Undetermined (but there's no reason to doubt it's true)
Thanks to Adam Downs for forwarding me these images that are doing the rounds. I haven't been able to find out any information about them (such as who the woman is, or when the pictures were taken), but they're accompanied by this caption:

This lady, who lives just on the outskirts of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has a friendly Bull Moose who has become her friend. He likes to stick his head into her house and is very friendly.
Pictures taken at her home last week. He wants in. Helping himself to a drink. Come on in and have a snack.
Also she took a picture of a Buck [male deer] in her Backyard by the apple trees in the morning at her house. For anyone who thinks living in a big dirty city is the best.. "THINK AGAIN SHE SAYS".

I don't see any reason to doubt that the information in the caption is correct.
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Posted on Sun Mar 05, 2006


I wonder if she has befriended any Sasquatch. smile
Posted by Ron  in  New Mexico  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  06:05 AM
I think I've seen this before on some t.v. show. If I'm not mistaken, she put out food for the moose when he was a yearling and it was a rough winter.
He got used to getting food from her propery, and it progressed from there.
Nice that the moose didn't die needlessly, but not the smartest thing in the world for her to have done.
Posted by blu roux  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  08:06 AM
I thought she was so sweet and innocent looking ...
Gertrude: "Look Ethel, it's my pet moose come to visit again."
Ethel: "OMG!!!"

(oppiejoe/aka Adam)
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  08:14 AM
I sure hope the moose is house-trained.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  08:15 AM
Don't bull moose have antlers? I would say this is a cow moose.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  08:47 AM
No Pedicles - I agree with Captain Al.


Antlers grow from two permanent knobs of bone, called pedicles, that jut from the foreheads of all species of male deer. While pedicle development in moose begins soon after birth, antler growth doesn't commence until the following spring. A young bull's first antlers typically are short, single-beamed, unpalmate "spikes," having simple forks at the tips. The second cycle's growth is larger, with the main beams distinctly forked and the beginnings of palmation evident. Overall mass and palmation continue to increase for several years thereafter, with maximum antler size attained between the ages of seven and 10. Beyond this age, gradual atrophy sets in
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  09:02 AM

Yearling "bull" moose

Gertrude's Boyfriend is really a
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  09:09 AM
Yes, that is a cow moose, not a bull. Bull moose are larger, built differently, and have antlers for most of the year. If you want more details, I'll show you 13,684 slides from my trips to Alaska.

Otherwise, the story is probably true. But as Blu roux says, it's generally not a great idea to try to get too intimate with large wild animals (see "Grizzly Man" for further information on this).
Posted by Big Gary, indoors for now  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  10:20 AM
Finally something other than traffic
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  10:29 AM
Got a bad feeling about this one. Did you see "Grizzly Man?" We're about ready to witness the making of "Moose Lady," and it ain't gonna be pretty. You don't mess with Meese.
"I hate Meeses to pieces..."
Posted by booch  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  10:44 AM
What--no flying squirrel?!
Posted by Joe  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  01:27 PM
Anyone here ever read "Hatchet"? Moose are known for getting murderously violent with no provocation.

People are stupid.
Posted by Iria  on  Mon Mar 06, 2006  at  07:48 PM
Just from behaviour I'd have guessed it was a cow, as bulls don't want to be anything like domesticated. (OK, North American might be different.)

Actually one reason why there never was a Swedish moose cavalry: Officers didn't want to ride cows.
Posted by Urban  in  Sweden  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  04:55 AM
Moose cows are especially known for attacking people who get too close to their calves, or get between the mother and her calf, whether the people approached the calf on purpose or without knowing it.
Sooner or later, this moose will probably have a calf, and then the lady will have real trouble.
Posted by Big Gary, indoors for now  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Wed Mar 08, 2006  at  07:01 AM
Now who did the lipstick of the moose in scene 24?
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Sat Mar 11, 2006  at  08:53 AM
listen people... i don't know were you got the info that moose are muderously violent... show me one example...a lady in quebec know as Gisele Benoit has been a moose walker for 24 years know and only was trampled once by a moose and it because she connered it between her and a highway... these animals are not harmless but trust me as an avid moose hunter myself they are more scared of you than you are of them... they do not attack unles connered or prevoked or you are between her and her calf exept for this... there is no resonse to thing moose are harmfull animals... i'm sure considering their size that they could be if they wanted too but their very wary mammals. they would rather run than stay and try and fight... mind it would probly kick your ass!
Posted by big D  in  northern ontario  on  Thu Oct 18, 2007  at  01:38 PM
Actually, moose are surprisingly easy to tame and make exceedingly good pets, mounts, beasts of burden, etc. The only reason they never became mainstream common livestock is because of how difficult they are to maintain in captivity due to their susceptibility to disease and complicated diets.

Bulls loose their antlers and are actually antler less for a decent part of the year.

wild moose can be dangerous, as can any animal really. But it's rare for male moose to be violent outside of rut season, even rarer for moose to become violent with humans when they've been brought up with them from a young age- as this article implies it was.

Moose have a rather long history with people. It's not that uncommon or far fetched for a story like this to be true.
Posted by Selya  on  Fri Nov 23, 2007  at  08:23 PM
I have lived in Thunder Bay all my life and never heard of this, wouldn't surprise me though with all the rednecks out in the bush.
Posted by james  in  Thunder bay  on  Wed Feb 02, 2011  at  01:42 PM
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