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Baby Moose Charges Researcher

A scary moment caught on camera.

by: Trent Knoss

image: Wes Livingston / Vimeo
image: Wes Livingston / Vimeo

Moose may look like big docile stuffed animals, but don't be fooled: these behemoths can turn aggressive in a hurry.  One Maine wildlife researcher got a scary reminder of this earlier this month while radio-collaring a young female.  After getting to its feet, the animal charged the scientist not once, but twice. TIME has the footage:



Fortunately, neither moose nor researcher sustained any major injuries.  But the footage shows why it's a good idea to give these animals plenty of space if you encounter one on the trail.  After all, you'd hate to see this scene repeated by a 1,000-lb adult with a full set of antlers.

Read more: TIME




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