Alaska Moose and the Case of the Mysterious Noise

[I love sharing stories that come from regular Alaskans who, like us, sometimes forget the protocols when it comes to wild animals on our property. This story by Ashley Taborsky is a perfect reminder that we live, work, and play within the boundaries of a truly unique landscape. Do you have a story to tell? All “Life in Alaska” posts should be between 200-300 words of first-person account of an interesting, humerous, or meaningful event. Include high-resolution images and video if you can, and include a bit about yourself. Send the whole thing to ~ EK]


image by Alaskan Urban Hippie.

image by Alaskan Urban Hippie.

By Ashley Taborsky
There were thumping and scraping noises coming from my front porch in residential Anchorage.  It was dark out, and I was getting nervous, wondering who was creeping around my home at night. I finally built up the courage to peek out my window, and…
To my surprise, it was a mother and two baby moose devouring the cooler full of apples!
We’re in the city of Anchorage, but we get moose in our yard quite often. A friend brought me a bucket of great organic apples from her tree, and I forgot to bring them inside. The sight of a mother moose sharing this cooler full of apples with her two calves was too incredible to shed a tear over lost apples.
I cracked the window open and grabbed my camera. I paid attention to their ears and their stance, ready to dart back inside if the giant animals looked irritated or aggressive. But the cow and her babies didn’t care that I was there. The moose were far too interested in those tasty Alaska-grown apples.
The cow mainly let her calves enjoy the fruity fall feast. This short video is adorable. The momma finally gets in and tries to take a few bites. Then  one of the calves sticks its head in the cooler, dragging it away from mom and toward himself. You can almost see the mother moose rolling her eyes at her greedy little child!
After about 45 minutes of the calves primarily eating, they got full and laid down in the yard to rest, waiting for mom to finish up.
The cow ate until the cooler was empty. I think she enjoyed her alone time. In this video, you can see her two calves behind her, laying down in the yard.
It seems I don’t get to make organic applesauce this weekend using those tangy, delicious apples – but it was an entertaining evening nonetheless. Never a dull moment in Alaska!

Ashley writes the blog Alaskan Urban Hippie. You can read the full story, and see the impressive video HERE.

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