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
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