A Restaurant Surprise

People left their tables, and rushed over to the restaurant’s windows.

A moose was coming down the street !

The poor animal had become confused, and entered our village. It kept on going until the end of the street, and then swam to a nearby island, from where it was rescued. Moose have poor vision, but they are excellent swimmers.

It was our first experience seeing one of these huge mammals, which can weigh up to 1400 pounds. We had just recently moved to the seaside.

Moose are not native to Newfoundland, but a couple of them were brought over here in 1878.

It was hoped that they would multiply, and thus attract big game hunters to the island.

They multiplied so quickly that our island now has more moose per capita than any other place in North America !

There are numerous highway signs urging drivers to be cautious of these giants that might be on the road. They are one of the reasons that I pray before I drive.

Our ruggedly beautiful island has relatively few native wildlife species.

We have no skunks, snakes, turtles, porcupines, or raccoons.

And, here, living so close to the sea, the air is too salty for mosquitos.

‘All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful

The Lord God made them all.’

Cecil Francis Alexander

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

44 thoughts on “A Restaurant Surprise

  1. Visiting Alaska in 1972 I saw a small moose calf near the road. I stopped my car and hopped out to take a picture when the young people who lived in Alaska looked at me with horror. The cow behind the calf began to notice me as I struggled with my old camera (didn’t even have an Instamatic, much less a smart phone). As she began to lope toward our car, the kids became frantic, “GET BACK IN, C,A.! Hurry!!!” The moose just began to trot as I scrambled back in, heeding the kids’ superior wisdom and experience, and as one, they yelled, “DRIVE!!!”
    As I scurried away, they informed me that a moose cow with her calf is NOT to be regarded lightly! They had known of moose to attack cars (to the death of the moose and injuries of people in the car) in order to protect their calves. One of Father’s noblest of creatures, not to be regarded lightly!

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    1. Wow, that is an interesting story, and a reminder of how fiercely animal moms protect their young.
      Your children were wise in encouraging you to leave the scene.
      Yes, your children are right, moose can attack if they feel threatened.

      It is great to enjoy travel adventures with our children. Thanks so much for sharing. πŸ€—βš˜

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  2. They are amazing animals, but can be detrimental on the roadways. I remember having to slow down on one of the main streets of Stephenville when I lived there because a full grown male moose was nonchalantly trotting down the middle of the road.

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    1. They are huge animals, and usually don’t come into villages, but they are often seen on highways, so that we really need to drive cautiously.
      Thanks, Pene. 🌼⚘

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  3. Short & sweet, as well as edifying; thank you, Sally, your stories possess a lovely charm to them. πŸ€—

    You are probably aware that moose stay within a 10 mile radius throughout their lives, so those born near the highway seldom volunteer to migrate further back into the woods where the hunters have permits to shoot them.

    Once upon a time the best wildlife officers (Whitefeathers) used sonic technology to keep the moose away from the highways, and everyone was surprised to learn that the Provence saved way more money for doing so. Even the car insurance companies were happy, for it allowed them to restructure their business to emphasize on preventive measures.

    Prayer is certainly a step in the right direction my love but faith without appropriate action is dead.

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    1. Hi Jason !
      Thanks so much for this information on moose. It is really interesting and informative.
      Preventative measures are ideal when trying to keep moose away from the highways.
      We are always alert for moose on the roads around here. Yes, for sure, faith, without action (works) is dead. ⚘🌼


  4. Amazing. I had no idea that moose are not native to Newfoundland. Not only that, I didn’t know there are no skunks, snakes, turtles, porcupines, or raccoons. Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi !
      Yes, these majestic giants were introduced to Newfoundlland.
      In general, there are few wildlife species here. We also have no deer, and I’ve never seen a squirrel, although we have a few of those.
      Nice to hear from you. πŸŒΌπŸ€—

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  5. Aside from the natural beauty of your surroundings, I can easily imagine living in a place where there are no snakes, skunks, or mosquitos, as these three species are rather unpleasant for various reasons.

    I once had a chemistry professor tell us during his lecture on sulfur compounds that skunks were β€œstreamlined kitties with a fluid drive.” And since he was fairly humorless in his delivery during his lectures, we were all so amazed when he said this that we were struck dumb for about 30 seconds. Then we all burst out laughing, and laughed long and loudly for a full ten minutes after that.

    Thanks for your post. Your comments are always interesting to read, and they always provide me with insights into what it must be like out in the beautiful wilds of northern Canada. Plus you always have the most interesting spiritual insights to share as well.

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