#TBT That Time A Moose Went For A Stroll Through Suburban Bangor
It figures! Typically, I'm a homebody and don't get out much. But one weekend, a couple of years back, when I was out of town, a moose decided to stroll through my hood...in suburban Bangor!
This is how it all went down.
It started with a text from my friend (who didn't realize I wasn't at home.)
"Meet your new neighbor!!! Real-time, 15th and Ohio St."
As you can see, I didn't believe her. So I asked for further proof...
She sent me this, with the message "Take a drive!"
I then explained I was in Gorham, and nowhere near my house. I asked her where the moose was, and she answered "Across from Rogans and a white house."
At that point, I knew right where it was. It's not far from where I live. But I still couldn't figure out what would bring a moose to my neighborhood!? So I asked her what it was doing since she was apparently right there with it,
Her response: "Eating leaves." And she wasn't wrong. There it was, eating leaves off one of my neighbor's trees.
I was curious how my pal happened upon the scene, so I inquired.
"I pulled over because there were a lot of vehicles stopped on the road. [My son] spotted it, under a tree. I didn’t even see it at first. I was just trying to figure out why traffic was stopped."
"It walked toward our vehicle, then it went right next to [my son's window.] He could’ve touched it."
"It was very calm, its ears were down when it walked by [the] window. Its ears went up when it was in the middle of the road, walking. Some people were out of their cars taking pictures."
We've had porcupines and deer wander through the neighborhood. There's a fishercat that lives nearby. And a couple of times we've even had a bear make its way through to the backyard. But this is the first time since I've been here--and I've been here for 14 years--that a moose has been on the loose on my street. And I missed the entire thing!
Like I said...it figures!
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