Tag Archives: moose

"Albino moose in danger"

Sometimes posts just write themselves.

Norway’s albino moose was back in the news on Friday, after some hunters threatened to shoot it.

The moose, called “Albin,” first sprang to attention after it was sighted in the forests south of Oslo in 2006. It since has been observed in Våler, Skiptvet, Spydeberg and Svinndal in Østfold County.

The local hunting season south of Hedmark starts October 5 and will last all month. A wildlife conservation official in Østfold, Åsmund Fjellbakk, told newspaper VG that he now has heard that a hunting team in the area is keen on tracking down the rare animal and making it into a trophy.

“I heard about three to four weeks ago that the hunters are not going to protect the moose,” Fjellbakk said. “I’ve been told this by private persons.”

It’s not illegal to shoot the albino moose, but most have earlier agreed to let it be.

Note the camera-phone like photo quality.  Reminds me of another mythical beast.

"Drunken moose alert in southern Norway"

OK, so this article isn’t new.  But it’s still one of the most humorous headlines I’ve ever seen.

The actual story was first published in 2002 in one of the largest papers in the country, Aftenposten.  Much like an article from the Onion, most of the humor is in the concept of the story.  Here’s a choice quote, though:

“This is the first time I have heard that moose are getting drunk. But I assume that they react the same way people do to intoxication – some become harmless while others are the exact opposite,” said district veterinarian Paul Stamberg in Kristiansand.

Nice to know that Norwegian moose behave the same way as Norwegian humans.  The real question is when the government is going to find a way to tax the moose alcohol!