Moose Calf

by Warren Edwards January. 25, 2021 254 views

Sometimes the most amazing things happen when you aren't paying attention..

I was sitting at golden hour waiting for a Great Horned Owl to come to a perch that I was sure was a perch

The wind was blowing my scent towards the perch but away from where the cow moose was giving birth.. I heard a sound and looked behind me just in time to see the calf right after his mother had just finished giving him a bath(tongue)

New born moose calf  with mother trying to decide if it should follow mother

New born moose calf with mother trying to decide if it should follow mother

We are in central Alberta at Elk Island National Park and it is spring time

The cow would have become pregnant sometime during the fall usually September through October

I better try even if I am wobbly

I better try even if I am wobbly

This little one is still a bit wet and walking is more difficult than it thought.. mom, however, is moving forward

This little one is still a bit wet and walking is more difficult than it thought.. mom, however, is moving forward

The word moose comes from the Algonquin Eastern Abenaki name Moz, roughly rendered in English as "twig eater"

The cow finally notices I'm there. She doesn't care, she is really tired

The cow finally notices I'm there. She doesn't care, she is really tired

The mother will chase a young bull away after approximately one and one half years but a female calf can stay with it's mom for several years. The cow will not send her away, if a female calf does leave the herd of it's mother it usually remains close by her mothers herd

The cow is sniffing for the scent of the bull, the calf is in danger from him for a little while

The cow is sniffing for the scent of the bull, the calf is in danger from him for a little while

Mom sniffed it..

Mom sniffed it..

See, I can keep up now

See, I can keep up now

This little one is now nine months old if the river didn't rise and the bull managed to leave it alone. There is no river to rise at Elk Island so, we are safe there. I'm not sure about the bull.. hope

The pictures could be better but how often do you get to see that. I was a little excited

The owl did show up, spotted me immediately and left just as fast

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Bob Chappell 2 months, 2 weeks ago

You were very privileged to watch and see, we rarely see any wild mammals other than rabbits.

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Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The best moments sometimes are captured when we are not even looking!  Nice Job!camera

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

True nature in the making.

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