First off these are NOT my photos...I took them from the Internet!
I don't even know who was so fortunate to take them!
On my way to the local store for a loaf of bread & some bananas,
I found a cow & calf on my road!
Because the snow is deep & capped in an ice crust,
Mum didn't want to give up the road!
Once they are in deep snow, they can't move quickly enough to escape the wolves, and even if there are no wolves around at the moment...their shins can be ravaged by the hard crust!
down the road in front of my truck!
I was SOOOO glad that I was driving my new 1/2 ton instead of my tiny little car...especially when she turned around and looked right at me!!
You see, a Mama Moose KNOWS she is big & powerful & for her to challenge a mere vehicle is NOT unheard of! Heck... a few summers ago one kicked a Grissley to death for killing her calf!
Anyhow, the two sauntered in front of my car for a good long time.
At one point I stopped to see if she'd look for a safe place to leave the road.
The two just stopped & stood there in front of me!
I really needed that bundle of bananas for the twins & the store wasn't going to open it's doors after hours just because I'd been held up by a moose or two...
With this in mind, I tried, gently, to nudge them along!
With icy roads, I was careful not to send them into a frightened run for fear one of them would silp & break a leg...I also couldn't help but worry that I was sending those two magnificent creatures straight onto the Alaska Highway (as it was only a stones throw up the road). Suddenly their saftey was far more important than a bundle of bananas...I stopped again.
Finally, once in the residential area, Mum found a break in the snow & bounded into the bush, taking her child with her!!
Who has ever watched the TV show "North of 60' "?
Well, for a very long moment, I felt like I was in the middle of their filming set!
Really now, I know I live in the Yukon & all, but...a Cow Moose & Calf in
down town Haines Junction impeding my efforts to get to the store before it closes? THAT, friends, doesn't happen every day!
I just have this thing about Mummy's with twins...
no matter what the species.
Wishing that all of your traffic jams
are as fabulous as mine ;)