We watched this moose cow and her calf from across a meadow. She had twins! The calves had to have been born within a day or two, because they were so weak on their spindly little legs that they couldn’t always remain upright. She grazed, her 5+ foot body steady in the muck of the fast-moving stream, while her young ones nursed and tumbled in their first days of life. There are about 300,000 moose in North America, most of them live in Alaska and Canada; so we felt lucky to have found this trio in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Moose are the largest species in the deer family, but unlike deer, they prefer to stay solitary. Alces shirasi, pictured here, is the smallest subspecies in North America. Moose also live in parts of Europe and Asia, and are called Elk in Europe.
Although it was June, it was a brisk morning in a high altitude meadow. We watched this brand new family in awe as the frigid, driving wind seemed to blow through us. She scarcely knew we were there, and yet I will never forget this moose cow and her two calves.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander