“Gilly” the Moose Calf (click on link to see video)
Our first orphaned moose calf of the season has received quite a bit of acclaim and a lot of attention from our animal care interns. Erin Leighton from Houston, Texas filmed this segment.
The link above takes you to a You Tube video featuring this three week old, orphaned moose calf. If you were an intern here at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center you would already have put in your time feeding moose calves around the clock. This video provides a very authentic perspective of a hungry young ungulate awaiting his milk bottle.
I’ve encountered six calves this season, all of whom were rescued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In some cases cows with one or more calves needed to be dispatched (i.e., euthanized) because they presented a threat to human safety. In other cases moose mothers needed to be put down following traffic accidents–moose involved collisions. In other instances we receive calves after their mothers sacrificed their lives protecting their young from predators.
We are saddened by the loss of life, but feel privleged that the state of Alaska entrusts us with the care of these moose calves which will grow to 600 lbs by the end of the year. Unfortunately we don’t have space for every orphan in need, but we do what we can.
Remember to drive safely and look out for wildlife! Read my post about wildlife-involved traffic collisions, road ecology, and relevant conservation issues.