All About Moose for Kids: Animal Videos for Children – FreeSchool

All About Moose for Kids: Animal Videos for Children – FreeSchool


You’re watching FreeSchool! It’s one of the tallest mammals in North America,
and the largest of all deer species in the world: the moose. Moose are easy to recognize because of their
huge, flat antlers, which can spread up to six feet or 1.8 meters from side to side. Their faces are also different from the faces
of other deer, with long noses that dangle over their chins. Moose can reach heights of six and a half
feet or two meters at the shoulder, which means they are head and antlers taller than
most adult humans. They can also reach weights of up to 1800
lbs or 820 kg. To maintain such a massive size, moose need
to eat a lot of food, up to 70 lbs or 32 kg per day. Moose are herbivores, eating only plants. They prefer to eat shrubs and the leaves and
twigs of trees, and can stand on their hind legs to reach branches up to 14 feet or 6
meters above the ground. Moose are also excellent swimmers – even the
calves, or baby moose, can swim – and will wade into marshy areas to eat aquatic plants. Unlike other species of deer, moose do not
live in herds, preferring to be mostly alone except when mating or caring for calves. Although they live alone, their huge size
provides a protection from most predators. Aside from human hunters, not much besides
a bear or a pack of wolves will bother a full-grown moose. Although moose have huge, paddle-like antlers,
they do not usually use them for self-defense. Instead, moose will run away from predators
at speeds of up to 35 miles or 56 km per hour or, if necessary, protect themselves by kicking
attackers with their powerful front legs. Only male moose, or bulls, grow antlers. The antlers begin growing each spring and
drop off every winter, so each year they must grow a new pair. The bull moose use their antlers to spar with
each other, to fight over who gets to mate with the cows, or females. Moose prefer temperate or colder sub-arctic
climates where it snows in winter, with forests and lakes and other bodies of water nearby. The hair of a moose is hollow, helping to
insulate them and keep them warm, but moose cannot live in warmer climates because they
cannot sweat to cool down. A long time ago, moose used to live in many
parts of Europe and the United States where they cannot now be found, but in colder, less
populated areas moose are still thriving. Today they live in wide areas of North America,
Europe, and Asia, but most moose are found in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, and Russia. I hope you enjoyed learning about moose today. Goodbye till next time!

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