Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch:
A moose with an appetite for music surprised a Denali National Park and Preserve employee last week at her home in Interior Alaska.
On May 4, Britta Schroeder was drifting off to sleep when her wind chimes began to ring. It’s windy in Healy, the Interior Alaska community just north of the park, so at first she didn’t think much of it, Schroeder said.
But “it continued on and on,” Schroeder said. Once her dog’s ears perked up, she realized an animal must be outside her door.
She peeked outside and saw the moose, which a co-worker told Schroeder is likely a female. Schroeder opened her door just a crack -- so that her dog wouldn’t get outside -- to take video.
You know that moose has a good ear for music. That was actually a little pleasant.
Of course she kind of broke the chimes, but what do you expect? She's a moose.
You know I don't think you can actually live in Alaska for too long without having at least one or two moose stories to share.
I have a few such as the day I was delivering newspapers and hit a baby moose while standing uncomfortably close to its mother.
Or the time that I accidentally blocked the only exit out of a fenced back yard and in response was charged by a bull moose which chased me all the way back to my car.
Or the time I put my name on the list to help a non-profit organization harvest the meat from a moose that had been struck by a car. Yeah, that was a bad night.
For the most part however the moose and the people live in some harmony, though there are certainly times of the year when you want to give them a wide berth.