Heading towards the border village of Karesuando/Karesuvanto on top of Sweden and the left arm of Finland we stop in Vittangi. The deer animal comes in different sizes and in Vittangi we meet the biggest of them all, the moose.
Yes, you can touch them, says the owner of the Moose Park, Mr. Lars Björk. After running a moose park for nearly a decade, Björk knows moose. We are allowed to be inside the fence with several moose. Many a time have I almost run into a moose, seen it along sparsely populated roads, heard stories of it attacking people, and now I am petting one as if it is a horse.
The moose is an important animal of the arctic fauna. An important prey for the hunters in the Autumn, and increasingly important for the tourism business in Vittangi. Many calves have been raised on the farm. Twins weigh ca. 10 kg at birth, three months later they are heavyweights at 100 kg each.
The young moose we get close to is first sitting down, chewing its pellets for the second time. All of a sudden it gets up, maybe it is a little at unease. In a short second, I get a sense of its power and prominence.
The moose can jump high, swim, dive and run fast, says Björk. 65 km/hr is its top speed. Angelo is filming as close as he has every filmed anyone or anybody before. Another moose is perhaps as interested in his camera as Angelo is filming. After smelling the Panasonic for a few seconds it wanders off, maybe it is more into Canon?
Drive carefully, urges Björk. Every day, 15 cars smash into a moose in Sweden.
Have you ever had a close encounter with a moose?
Please Let the Moose Smell the Camera