Moose Tries to Move Onto Vermont Farm, Fails

'Molly' tried to befriend 2 cows, bemused owners eventually shoo her off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2016 8:35 AM CST
Moose Tries to Move Onto Vermont Farm, Fails
Pete the moose, not Molly the moose, in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Alison Redlich)

A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn, or damage their fences, reports the AP. Sharyn Abbott and her husband Tim returned to their home recently and found a female moose in the pasture with their two Belted Galloway cows, Precious and Primrose. The Abbotts told NECN the moose, dubbed "Molly," looked healthy. "I think she was looking for companionship," Tim Abbott said. The Abbots said one of the cows, Primrose, was much more friendly with the moose while Precious was more standoffish. "The brown one was scared to death of her," Tim Abbott tells NECN.

In the late 1980s, a moose nicknamed Bullwinkle became a worldwide celebrity when it wandered into a Shrewsbury, Vermont, field, befriended a cow named Jessica and stayed for three months. The Abbotts didn't want the moose to stay that long so they chased it off. But they enjoyed their visitor. "It was a treat just to see the pictures, and get pictures close, and see how big and massive and tall they are," said Sharyn Abbott. The Abbotts don't know if the moose will be back. Said Tim Abbott, "We watch for her every day, thinking she might show up again." (More strange stuff stories.)

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