A moose munches on weeds as it cools off in the water of a nearby beaver pond on a warm August afternoon. Moose eat up to 100 pounds of food in a single day.
The word "moose" comes from the Algonquin Indians. These were native people who lived throughout the northern regions of Canada. The Algonquins called this strange looking creature mooswa. It means "twig-eater" or "the animal that strips bark off of trees." Early explorers heard this work and through the years, it eventually changed into "moose."
The moose is the world's largest deer and can run 35 miles per hour and can easily swim 10 miles.
A full grown moose can weigh up to 1,800 pounds and stand 7 feet tall at the shoulder, making moose one of the northern hemispheres largest land dwelling mammals.