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Monday, August 20, 2018

Three Moose Vie for a Water Hole

The trio of moose who I showed you swimming in a pond last week has been hanging out together. They are seeking out water but sometimes the sources are not as big as a pond. Recently, they visited a water hole together, and it appeared that they had a squabble over water rights (just like the people in the west!).

When they first arrived at the water hole, the female went in the water and drank. Then a bull arrived and cow moose amicably shared the water hole with him.

He arrived like a mack truck, barreling into the pair of moose and making them move out of the water.

The male in the pair who was just bullied out of the water looked hard at the moose who had thrown him out but no fight broke out. The moose who had successfully claimed the water was definitely the biggest of the three.

Then, the biggest moose monopolized the water for the rest of their time at the water hole. He lay down in the water and did not budge even when the others paced past him. Finally, when he saw the other two leaving, he abandoned the water to follow them. I hope that they forgave him.

Here's a video of the trio at the water hole. You can watch at YouTube:

Due to technical difficulties, you have to click the link to see the video! Thanks!


  1. Showdown at the Waterhole... oh my... and there is plenty of space for a lot more than 3. just like humans. after he took he did not want it. water is wetter on the other side of the pond. ha ha at least the first two had a good swim before evicted

  2. Oh, goodness! I could watch them forever! That one moose got so close to the trail cam!!!

  3. Hari OM
    You put is right in there with them!!! YAM xx

  4. I think that the original post showed an old video. I'm so sorry! If you follow the new link, it will work right!

  5. This reminds me of the hummingbirds at my feeder. Plenty of feeding stations but will they SHARE?
    Nope. They'd rather spend all their energy doing acrobatics at each other to keep anyone from getting sugar water. Great Video
    Hugs madi and mom

  6. Love the bellow that the moose makes! They are such fun to watch!

  7. Your videos and your commentary are always so interesting to us. Love watching the moose be so graceful in getting down on his knees despite his enormous size.

  8. I love that you have moose where you live. They would come into our yard in the Stockholm suburbs back in the day. Pretty sure that doesn't happen any more. It's great to see them here, they are so magnificent, I think.

  9. Goodness, they really do jump out of the way when he arrives, don't they. It's interesting to watch them slowly bend down into the water. Very graceful

  10. Bullying goes on in every species I guess!

  11. We could watch the moose all day long!
    Hazel & Mabel

  12. OMD, that was FABulous! They are sooooo HUGE! Butts, I can't believes they gets in the water willingly....☺
    Ruby ♥

  13. He must have figured he'd better go apologize. LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  14. Clearly being the big guy on the block has its advantages.


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