A Ring doorbell camera captured a rare moment in nature when a moose shed its antlers.
The fascinating moment was shared on social media by a couple in Alaska watching the clip of the “one in a million event”.
It shows a moose standing in one spot and looking around before shaking and dropping its antlers to the ground, then running a short distance before stopping. The clip was shot without daylight.
Tyra Bogert was at her sister’s house when she received a notification from her ring cam of movement outside her house. She witnessed the moose drop in real time.
Her husband Chance immediately called to see who was at her door.
“I’m like, ‘Dude, you gotta see for yourself! You will be so surprised. I don’t want to ruin it,” Tyra told TODAY.com.
Tyra also posted another video of her husband retrieving the antlers, one in each hand, and showing them on the ring cam. Each antler was massive and larger than his head.
The Bogerts said they will put the antlers around their house as decorations.
Tyra shared the video on TikTok and Facebook, and her brother-in-law posted it on his TikTok. Her video had garnered more than 336,000 views on Facebook and 12,000 likes on TikTok as of Friday night, while her brother-in-law’s post had more than 2.6 million likes.
“I didn’t even know that was a thing!!!! THIS IS A THING!!?!?!’ wrote a viewer on social media.
Elk antlers are not attached to the skull. According to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, they usually shed them after the mating season.
Only male moose have antlers, and “the guy who has the biggest antlers and can show potential girlfriends off will be the lucky person to take on the breeding,” Vince Crichton, a retired wildlife biologist, told National Geographic.
Moose can lose up to 60 pounds by dropping their antlers, which allows them to store more energy during the winter, according to Lee Kantar, a moose biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
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