Moose on the loose in Harstad

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It’s spring, and that means many moose mothers are busy sending last year’s calves off on their own, while they prepare to give birth to this year’s offspring. Here’s a short photo series showing one moose family on the move up north.

  1. OK, so this may be your garden, but I am bigger than you.
  2. In fact, I am VERY big, especially up close.
  3. Actually, I am bigger than your car and almost as big as your house.
  4. Well, you may have a car and a house...
  5. ...but I have two lovely moose babies!

This particular mother made an unlikely choice of grazing area: A residential neighborhood in the far northern city of Harstad.

A local doctor snapped this photo — and is sharing it with “Views and News” readers — from her car, at a distance of just three meters. Neither mom nor the juniors seemed disturbed in the least. Later on, her husband came home and took the three last pictures in the series.

It was one of those rare close encounters, and “only in Norway” sort of experiences.

PHOTOS: Dr Marianne Lislerud Smebye and Morten Andersen