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Moose Gaining Fat Reserves

9-10-14  moose standing in water 277Being an ardent admirer of moose, I am devoting today’s post as well as the next two posts to the largest member of the deer family. Even if it weren’t seven to ten feet long and didn’t weigh over a thousand pounds, a moose would be an impressive mammal, with its high, humped shoulders, broad, pendulous muzzle and long, coarse hair.

Moose are voracious eaters, consuming roughly 44 pounds of plant material a day. In the winter their diet, mainly the bark of woody plants, provides only about 70% of the energy they need to survive. Thus, during the spring and summer they spend up to 12 hours a day foraging, often for aquatic plants, and acquire more than 200% of the energy they need. Hundreds of pounds are gained, with the excess stored as fat reserves for the coming months. Even so, moose lose up to 20% of their weight over the winter. (Thanks to all who wished me happy recharging!)

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5 responses

  1. The moose is smiling at you, Mary!

    September 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  2. So beautiful. Thank you.

    September 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  3. Laura

    Hi Mary,

    I have a curious photo of a daddy long legs spider ingesting or discarding something. May I send the photo? If yes, where should I send it?

    Laura Andrews

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    September 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  4. they are pretty cool animals.. love them!!!.. and that expression is priceless 😀

    September 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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