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Moose

on November 5, 2012
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The moose is the largest member of the deer family and is known for its tremendous antlers, which occur only on the bulls.

Moose

Design

God designed the moose with powerful front and hind feet to protect it from predators. An unwary predator can be killed by these powerful defenses. These defenses were not necessary until after the Fall, since animals did not eat other animals before then.

Features

  • The moose is the largest member of the deer family and is known for its tremendous antlers, which occur only on the bulls.
  • The moose has long, dark hair that provides needed insulation from the cold. Its nose is long and flexible.

Fun Facts

  • The bull moose sheds and regrows its antlers every year.
  • A moose’s hair is hollow.
  • The moose can rotate its ears 180° which allows it to locate predators from great distances.
  • The largest subspecies of the moose is found in Alaska.
  • Newborn calves weigh 28–35 lbs (13–16 kg), and within five months they can grow to over 300 lbs (136 kg).

Created Kind Members

Deer, reindeer, elk

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Artiodactyla (even-toed hooves)

FAMILY: Cervidae (deer kind)

GENUS/SPECIES: Alces alces

Size: 7–10 ft (2–3 m)

Weight: Average of 1,300 lbs (590 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Plants

Habitat: Northern forests of Europe, Russia, and North America

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