I tried to warn him yesterday, but PPP forced my hand. I present to you all: Moose Day.
The Moose (North America) or Elk (Europe), Alces alces, is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a "twig-like" configuration.
Wait, what did you think Moose Day entailed?
Some fun Moose Facts from the Moose Foundation, did you know that:
- The word "moose" comes from the Algonquin Indians. These were native people who lived throughout the northern regions of Canada. The Algonquins called this strange looking creature mooswa. It means "twig-eater" or "the animal that strips bark off of trees." Early explorers heard this work and through the years, it eventually changed into "moose."
- While a male may use its antlers to hold off a predator, a moose's sharp hooves are its first line of defense. Moose are able to kick out in all directions, but generally use their front feet.
- They're faster than they look!