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Its hooves were supposedly a cure for epilepsy, it is the mascot of the clothing company Abercrombie and Fitch, and its meat is a delicacy. The moose is a fascinating but elusive animal of the north, and its little-known natural history is the focus of Kevin Jackson’s engaging new book.
Moose explains the animal's behaviour, evolution and diet, and describes its natural environments around the world, including in the USA, Canada and Scandinavia, where the moose is the national animal of Sweden and of Norway. Jackson considers why the moose is really an elk and an elk is a wapiti, and he also discusses the controversy behind the naming of the Irish Elk. The moose has been a quarry for humans since the Stone Age, and the book does not stint on the animal’s role in human history, including the 'alces' in Julius Caesar’s history of the Gallic Wars and figures such as Thomas Jefferson, poet Ted Hughes, and Theodore Roosevelt with his Bull Moose Party. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, a 150-foot statue being built in Sweden, and colourful moose lore all appear in this wide-ranging study, making this an essential read for naturalists and moose lovers alike.
was slowly becoming a cornerstone of educated opinion. The question now was not whether the Irish elk had undergone extinction, but by what means, and when? One Archdeacon Maunsell, in 1825, wrote that he ‘apprehended they must have been destroyed by some overwhelming deluge’. The next candidate for the most likely means of destruction was Homo sapiens. ‘Sir Thomas Molyneux conceived that a sort of distemper, or pestilential murrain, might have cut off the Irish Elks’, wrote a Mr Hibbert in 1830.
aspen or spruce tree at the head of one of the coves to observe activities. A cow would usually make her appearance at a salt lick, followed by a bull big enough to fight off all rivals. During the evening other grunting bulls could be heard in various directions. Young bulls were tolerated to some extent, but a large bull was a challenge. The bull in charge would advance toward a challenger with slow and measured step, grunting at intervals and stopping a few times to thrash the alder brush with
series for the breakfast foods division of General Mills, who had noted enviously how much their rival Kelloggs had benefited from sponsoring the cartoon series Huckleberry Hound. Ward made a pilot show, Rocky and his Friends, to show what could be done (and for a tiny US$5,000, at that); the initial recording session for Rocky was held on 11 February 1958. Everyone who saw the work was impressed, and General Mills signed the contract – albeit for such an absurdly low sum that Ward, despite his
of sense even to strict atheists. For the travellers in ‘The Moose’, this nocturnal meeting is the closest most, if not all of them, will ever come to undergoing a mystical experience. For those who have read Lévi-Strauss’s autobiography, Tristes tropiques, Bishop’s poem will summon up memories of that strange book’s magnificent, one-sentence finale, which celebrates what the anthropologist calls, in English translation, unhitching – the rare, invaluable experience of shedding all merely human
Croix River, Wisconsin 67 St Lawrence River and Valley 65, 77 St Petersburg 40 Stag Moose 31 Stella, Erasmus 78 Stephens, Hiram B. 65 Stravinsky, Igor 33 Stockholm 143 Stubbs, George 13, 99–103, 100, 102, 172 Sturnburg, Baron von 42 South America 11 Sweden 14, 39, 41, 42, 44, 53, 62, 143 Switzerland 37 Taft, William Howard 129 Taiga Moose see Eastern Moose Taplin, Anne 41 Thoreau, Henry David 7,8, 13, 88, 105, 108–12, 173 Topsell, Edward 50, 51, 52, 53 Toronto ‘Moose in the