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A real moose right out my window

paul wheaton
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She's about 20 feet from me. Taking pictures ....


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Gail Mikels
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Cool! Post some pictures!
(but don't take pictures of her on the missing eye side!)


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Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
She's about 20 feet from me. Taking pictures ....
How can she take pictures with hooves ... oh right, you're taking the pictures. Got it
paul wheaton
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My son is home sick today and I was in his room waxing on too much about the benefits of the throat lozenge when suddenly a moose walked behind him.

So we pinned our noses to the glass. She was about ten feet from the window. Just moseying along. And stopped at a bush to eat it. I grabbed the camera and realized the batteries were dead. New batteries. I went to my office window and took this pic:

And then I went out on the front porch and took some more pictures. She didn't care about me. At 6'6" and 280 pounds I'm an insect to her. I made noises to get a better pic, but she could care less. Tasty bush.
Eventually she turned and moseyed a bit more:

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Moose on the Ranch!
So she didn't take any picture of you?


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Anonymous
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
She's about 20 feet from me. Taking pictures ....

Paul you look good
Andres Gonzalez
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Wow... that looks reeeeaaallly cold...
scary


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Johannes de Jong
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Great stuff.
HS Thomas
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At 6'6" and 280 pounds
And how big was the moose ?...
Cool pics.
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So they delivered it to the right address. Great. Happy Christmas Paul!


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Rosie Vogel
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Cool! That second picture is especially nice, I think.
paul wheaton
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The moose was about the size of a horse. Some people I showed the pictures to said they thought it was probably a young one because she looked small.
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Has the moose got it's pictures developed yet?
Nick Allen
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I was going to say that cow must be young. I don't know where you are Paul, but the background in those pictures looks pretty similar to the type of area I grew up in. My little brother shot a moose a few years ago (in moose season don't worry), and I'd venture a guess it was a half a foot taller than that one and it was about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year old bull. I was surprised to see it eating bushes like that though. Usually moose like to stick pretty close to somewhere with swamp grasses, moss and lichens, even algae once in a while. That's definetly the first one I have ever seen eating lilac bushes. Those are some really nice pictures you got.


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paul wheaton
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I have two ponds. The moose came from the general direction of the upper pond and left in the general direction of the lower pond.
The first bush she was munching on had a lot of rose hips on it.
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You know Paul when I see these pictures, I fully undestand why you guys are living there.
Ashish Agrawal
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Lucky Moose...Paul u made him WORLD FAMOUS !!!
HS Thomas
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him
Paul decided early on ,it's a she. Paul must know, he lives on a farm.
Well as anyone can tell from Picture 1 and grew up near a dairy farm.
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paul wheaton
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I suppose it could be a him. The primary thing making me go with "she" is the lack of antlers. I have no experience in sexing moose.
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Dunno, in picture #1 she looked extremely well-hung..... No antlers though, so it could have been an udder I suppose.


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*kick in shins*
That would work too.
(grew up near a dairy farm, not in it)
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Al Newman
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Well, if "she's" still around perhaps Paul could go out and reach up ....
It's called getting a grasp on the situation.
Otherwise I suppose it will remain an udder mystery......
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HS Thomas
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Are Moose and Reindeer relatives ? Perhaps someone living near Reindeer could help Paul out.
No point asking Santa as he only drives antlered deers.
Andre Roodt
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I would love that view from my bedroom window. Where I live you wouldn't see the view for burglar bars. In fact, the moose wouldn't make it over the six foot electrified fence.
Despite the fact that I live in wild Africa, I still have to travel a couple of hundred kilometers to see animals in their natural habitat. Well I suppose there is my fat cat spread over the sofa to look at. As for the snow, never seen it for real in my life before. I suppose I could always stick my head in the freazer for a couple of hours.
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Gorgeous! I am SO jealous. The most interesting "wild life" we see in our back yard is the occasional skunk or opossum.
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Moose can swim and dive up to 5.5m.
paul wheaton
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I drove up to the county road to pick up the kids from the school bus. On the way back my daughter yells "Look! The moose!" And shore nuff - there she is trotting across the pasture.
I went down to the lower pond and found her tracks. She walked out on the ice and then headed downstream. While walking home, I could hear her grunting downstream.
Ashish Agrawal
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U ppl are really lucky...being brought up in snow. I havnt even seen snow in reality. Its a fantacy for most of the Indians. I hate the hot climate here. Round the year it feels like drought. m really jealous of u guys Somebody pls invite me at their place for a picnic.
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Snow has it's drawbacks. Put your feet on an air conditioner for 10 hours and you'll know what frostbite feels like. Any longer and your feet would have to be amputated unless you are a kind of moose.
paul wheaton
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Many people have experienced snow and hate it. For the rest of their lives, they refuse to live or visit a part of the world where they might encounter it.
When I suit up and head outside in the cold, it reminds me of the book Dune. Without some preparation (gear) and some knowledge, you'll die.
This year I cannot afford all of the preparedness, so I'm trying to make do. Living in a cold climate is rather frustrating when you cannot afford to be fully prepared.
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Many people have experienced snow and hate it. For the rest of their lives, they refuse to live or visit a part of the world where they might encounter it.

I definitely fall in that category. I wouldn't care if I ever saw snow again, and I'm reminded I feel that way every day lately. snow...
Cool pictures, Paul. I got to see a moose up close once in Ontario, the darn thing was HUGE, bigger than most horses I've seen.
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HS Thomas
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Does the Moose long to live in a hot climate. :roll: Where there's moose there's snow.Haven't heard of any case of moose emigrating ?
Come to think of it , there's no moose folklore. Why are moose thus challenged ?
Eric Fletcher
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
there's no moose folklore. Why are moose thus challenged ?

Well, there's the adventures of Bullwinkle, although I don't know if those would qualify as folklore. Great cartoons, though...
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Ashish Agrawal:
U ppl are really lucky...being brought up in snow. I havnt even seen snow in reality. Its a fantacy for most of the Indians.
Depends on the snow too. I used to hate snow, even though the 'idea' of snow is very nice. Snow in (Southern) England tends to be a soggy, pathetic affair that turns quickly into rain and leaves the roads covered in black sludge. Make sure you go somewhere that gets decent snow and has mountains that you can snowboard down. That's when snow is good.
Ashish Agrawal
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Here in India, I hav heard a lot abt Switzerland. So will definitely plan my honeymoon there, but for that i ll hav to wait for years. m just a fresher, just now i finished my Bachelor's degree. Theres one more option, i ll try to get in a company which is having her clients in Germany. So day or the other even i ll get a chance to go there. so howzzaattt....
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Almost on-topic:
I've been looking for ascii-art to copy for Christmas SMS and I ran into this...
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Everybody...
R K Singh
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This is our one eye moose
Originally posted by David O'Meara:
Almost on-topic:
I've been looking for ascii-art to copy for Christmas SMS and I ran into this...


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HS Thomas
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Is Moose a Native American Indian word ?
The "oose" suggests it might be and the Moose isn't found anywhere else whereas elk and deer are.
paul wheaton
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The bus driver for my kids' school bus was telling me that what we call "moose" was called "elk" before we met the native americans. What we now call "elk" were called "roosevelt elk". The native americans call them "wapati".
 
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