Claim: Photograph shows a moose mounting a statue of a bison.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
Origins: We haven’t yet ascertained exactly when and where these photographs of a moose mounting a bison statue were taken, but there’s not much doubt about their authenticity as another photographer snapped several images of the same scene from a different vantage point:
It isn’t unknown for male moose in the throes of sexual passion to sometimes act aggressively towards statuary representations as if they were females of their own species or potential male rivals. A 2005 article in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten described some residents who discovered that their backyard moose statue had been destroyed by a couple of the real thing:
The two moose had apparently taken out a bit of aggression on the Tveten’s moose statue, which was lying broken in several places on some stone steps leading down to their cellar. “We were surprised,” Tveten said. “The statue must have weighed around
The Tvetens are relatively accustomed to having moose in their backyards, so seeing a pair first thing in the morning wasn’t so shocking. But then they saw what had made the noise the night before.
The two moose had apparently taken out a bit of aggression on the Tveten’s moose statue, which was lying broken in several places on some stone steps leading down to their cellar.
“We were surprised,” Tveten said. “The statue must have weighed around
Last updated: 2 December 2007
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