Thursday, February 28, 2013


I have been thinking about this and thought it would be fun to let you know some facts about moose.  So today I will be the teacher and you can be the student.  Ready?

Did you know that moose are among the largest animals in the Northern Hemisphere? Yep, they are.  Adult males may weigh up to 1500 pounds.  The average weight for the male moose is around 1000 pounds.  An adult female weighs around 800 pounds.

Can you guess where the largest moose live?  It is in the state of Alaska!  Alaska and Maine have the largest population of moose.  Moose are in New Hampshire, New York, Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington.  And of course there a lot of us moose in Canada.

An adult male is called a bull.  An adult female is called a cow.  And a young moose is called a calf.

Only bull moose grow antlers.  Their antlers begin to grow in early spring.  By the end of the warm summer months, the antlers reach maximum growth and begin to harden.  The bull moose shed their antlers in late autumn or early winter.  This gives the bull moose relief that he doesn't have to carry around these antlers that can weigh up to 60 pounds. Sure makes it easier for me to trudge through the snow without all that extra weight!!!

Moose eat plants only and may eat up to 60 pounds per day.  Hey, we are growing and we need our nutrition!

Did you know that I can run pretty fast?  Yup, I can run as fast at 35 miles per hour.  We are excellent swimmers.  Oh cool, time to throw in a plug for my Moose Mist Sport SPF30 Sunscreen.

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Okay, advertisement is over, back to the fun facts about moose!

Can you guess how much a moose weighs at birth?  They weigh from 25 to 35 pounds. And calves can run within a few days after birth and swim well within two weeks!

Don't tell anyone, but moose have no upper teeth.  That is why you never see me with a BIG smile.

This is a neat fact.  The word "moose" is derived from the native North American Algonquian Indian word meaning "twig eater".  Hmmmmm, thus the fact that we eat plants!

The moose in Europe are referred to as "elk".  In North America, the word "elk" is a different animal from the moose.

White moose are rare and they are not called albinos.

That is it for your class on moose today.  I hope you learned some facts you never knew before.

I am back in New Hampshire.  My trip to Florida and the Daytona races was a blast!  I sure enjoyed it.  But I had to come back home because I missed Minny Moose.  She sure was glad to see me as I was glad to see her!


Moose Mills

Monday, February 25, 2013

SUPER BOWL 500!!!!

I am back to tell you about the Super Bowl of Nascar Racing, the Daytona 500!  What a race!  It was AWESOME!!  I have never seen anything like it!

All the drivers lined up before the start of the Dayona 500!

I went with my adopted "Mom" and her daughter.  It sure looked like it was going to rain.  "Mom" told me that last year the Daytona 500 was rained out for the first time ever in 54 years.  The race had to be held the next day at night.  So I am sure that Nascar hoped it wouldn't rain again this year and it did not!  It was just cloudy.  The sun kept trying to peek out, but with no success.  They said that the cloudy conditions would make the cars go faster!  Wonder if that was true?  What do you think?  I know that they sure were going fast driving (or should I say "flying") past us.  They get up to close to 200 miles per hour!  Too fast for me!!!

Here I am sneaking in the picture as Danica leads the drivers in the Daytona 500!
History was made this year at the Daytona 500 as Danica Patrick was the first woman to ever win the Pole for the 500 (started first).  Quite an accomplishment in a sport that is dominated by male drivers.  I think it is awesome that she did this.  And she drove great in the race.  She was running in the top five for most of the race.  She ended up finishing eighth when the race was over.  Jimmie Johnson won it for the second time in his career.  And "Mom's" favorite driver, Dale Jr., came in second.  "Mom" was yelling and carrying on hoping he would win the race!!!!
Daytona is a great race track.  The track is 2.5 miles and they race around it 200 times.  Thus the Daytona 500 (for 500 miles).   It sures holds a lot of people to watch the race.  The stands were almost completely filled.  There were not very many empty seats.  I saw a lot of people wearing shirts and hats representing the different drivers.  The most I saw were of Dale, Jr.  There also were a lot of Tony Stewart.  And I did see quite a few Danica Patrick shirts.  People love their racing and drivers so I learned.
I loved the experience of my first Daytona 500!  I hope to go again next year.  You should go at least once in your life. Live a little!
Moose Mills

Thursday, February 21, 2013


I am here in Daytona Beach, Florida, visiting my "adopted mom" and family.  Beautiful weather down here.  A whole lot WARMER than in New Hampshire this time of year!

Guess where I went today?  I will give you three guesses and the first two don't count.  Silly moose, aren't I?  I went to see the Budweiser Duels at the Daytona International Speedway.  It is that time of year when Nascar "kicks off" their season of racing.  It is Speed Weeks in Daytona right now.  It started last week with the Sprint Unlimited Race on Saturday night.  Then on Sunday they had qualifying for the Daytona 500 race this coming Sunday.  And guess who is on the pole (starts first in the race)in the Daytona 500?  It is Danica Patrick!  She is the first woman to ever take the pole position for the Daytona 500!  Pretty Awesome, I think.

Now the Budweiser Duels that were held today set the rest of the field for the Daytona 500.  That means that they had two races and how the driver finished the race (position), that is where he will start the race in the Daytona 500.  Follow me?  I know, it is a little complicated.  It is especially complicated for me as I really don't know much about racing.  I am a Moose, remember?
Here I am at Daytona!
And you know who won the first race?  I keep asking you questions, don't I?  It was Kevin Harvick who drives a car sponsored by Budweiser!  Imagine that!  Pretty neat for the Bud car to win when the race is sponsored by Budweiser. The second race was won by Kyle Busch.  He drives the M & M car.  It had M & M candies all over the car!  Not real candy!  Pictures of the different colored M & M candies.
"Mom" was happy as we were sitting right across from the driver she likes in the #88.  Dale Jr.
And we saw the Clydesdale Horses!  Wow, they sure are BIG!!!

I sure loved watching the race today.  They have a truck race Friday night.  Then they have another race with different cars on Saturday.  Then on Sunday, it is the Super Bowl of racing!  It is the Daytona 500!  I can't wait to see it.  Woohoo!!!   I will let you know all about it in my next blog!

Until next time.....................

Moose Mills