Moose

Moose Facts
Size Up to 7.5 ft (2.3 m) (shoulder height)
Speed Up to 37 mph (60 km/h)
Weight Up to 1,763 lb (800 kg)
Lifespan 10 - 16 years
Food Grass, water plants
Predators Bears, wolves
Habitat Northern Europe, Northern Asia, North America, Greenland
Order Ungulates
Family Deers
Subfamily New World deers
Scientific name Alces alces
Characteristics Males: shovel-like rack, solitary animal
Author RosaNot Related to Goats

Moose are not related to goats, but they have one stunning thing in common: Both animal species have goatees. In the case of goats only he-goats have such a beard, but in case of moose both male and female animals have it. It can be up to 9.8 inch (25 cm) long.

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Let's eat apples!

Moose love to plunder trees. They have a thing for apples, and sometimes they come across fermented fruits lying on the ground. Eating those apples makes them dizzy in their heads.

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Moose Are Not Made For Soccer!

Sweden is very proud of the moose, but with their body height of 7.5 ft (2.3 m) they are bigger than every soccer goal and therefore not really fit for playing soccer.

However, not everything is going easy for the moose. Every fifth car accident in Sweden is caused by moose loitering about on the roads.

But this does not impair their popularity. Quite the contrary: Moose are Sweden’s national animal.

Blow Me Down!

The moose test is a famous driving test simulating the situation of suddenly having to veer for moose.

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Reproduction

During the rut, bull moose fight each other. Mating does only take as much time as a casual kiss and is over after 2 – 3 seconds.

The moose calf is born about 8 months later. After 17 months it is mature already and can mate and get pregnant with a calf.

This fact sheet was submitted by animalfunfacts.net fan Rosa. Thanks for your amazing article! Do you want to write a fan fact sheet?

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