Fascinating Facts about Moose Cows & Calves
After the fall mating season for the moose, the cows search for a secure spot to have their young. She usually looks for a place that offers three things: security, food and water.
Typically, the cow chooses an island or peninsula near a pond, river or lake. The gestation period is about 240 days (or 8 months) and the calf or calves are born in May or June.
The New Calf
After a labor of about 1 hour, the cow has her offspring lying down. She immediately starts to bond with her baby by licking the calf and nuzzling against the babes.
Mother provides milk soon after the birth, while both are still lying down. After a few days, the calf can easily reach it’s standing mother to nurse. Within a week of birth, the babe can easily outrun any human who wants to run along!
Calves and Danger
Unlike some of her cousins, moose moms take their children wherever they go. This is different from deer, that tend to hide their babies while seeking food.
Moose moms feel assured that they can defend their calves from any predators. In fact, they are some of the most protective parents in the wild kingdom!
Mothers who have lost their youngsters are some of the most dangerous animals on earth! They will stop at nothing to get their babes back.
Don’t ever get between a moose mom and her calf/calves. It’s just not a very healthy place to be!
As the Calf Grows
At birth, the calf is about 3 feet long and 3 feet tall, and weighs 25 – 30 lbs. During the first month, the calf gains about 2 lbs. per day! Calves start foraging full-time and stop taking its mother’s milk at about 5 months of age.
Mother Moose is constantly teaching her babies during that first winter. If the calf does not learn enough, it will die in the first year of life.
Soon: As soon as the Moose Mom is ready to have a new calf, something fascinating and awful happens. Find out what … next time!
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