With spring coming things are coming alive everywhere. Baby animals are being born and the brown earth is coming back to life.
A friend of mine used to work as a biologist in Algonquin Park. He got to track animals like wolves, bear, and moose. One spring day a few years ago he let my husband and I go along with him as he found and tagged moose newborns.
We first had to wander through the bush trying to find the mother moose. Moose can be quite dangerous because they are very protective of their young…so please don’t try approaching one unless you’re with a professional.
We found the mother and she ran away so we had very little time to work with the new baby. It was estimated that this baby was about 12 hours old. We weighed him and he only weighed 16 pounds! We took a blood and hair sample and then put a collar on him, that will grow bigger as he gets bigger and will eventually fall off. They take these samples and record everything so that they can be sure that the moose population is healthy.
We then started hearing the mother moose crashing through the woods towards us so we had to get out of there fast. We left the baby moose where the mother would find it and ran away through the woods.
On this trip I learned a great respect for moose, it was amazing holding that little moose in my arms and feeling its little heart beating so fast.