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02-04-2013 03:23 AM
downeast450
Re: Scary and Stunning

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Originally Posted by steve77 View Post
[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose"]

Personally I have no desire to see a moose up close. Huge, ill-tempered beasties. Kind of strange about the hippos injuring that many people though.
We come across several moose every year. Spending a lot of time camping by canoe and hiking, some years we may encounter 20 or more. I have been chased on foot and have had them just look at me and walk off. In a canoe they just stare. Being a silent approach, sometimes in a canoe they are within feet. Paddling down a fast stream, coming around a bend and being in the same spot as a couple of feeding moose is startling to both. Had a large bull stick its nose into our lean-to on the AT. You can tell when they are near because of the moose flies. They follow the beasts like a cloud from hell. I am surprised to hear they are a real threat beyond being a traffic hazard. They are tasty!

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02-04-2013 12:16 AM
PaulinVictoria
Re: Scary and Stunning

I think the most dangerous things here are visitors from south of the border. The cougars and bears are pretty tame by comparison.
Both my brothers live in Australia (one in Sydney, one just moved down Melbourne way), what with their 40C+ temperatures, raging wildfires and countless deadly creatures just waiting to nip your toe and kill in 30 seconds, I'm rather glad I moved here instead
02-04-2013 12:11 AM
steve77
Re: Scary and Stunning

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Not really.. they're very big, very protective of their young and can move surprisingly (too surprisingly for their victims!) quickly. ..and there are a lot of people in Africa.

Fortunately the only moose and hippos we have here are in zoos and wildlife parks. ..must be safe then.

We do get the occasional redback under the toilet seat though... gotta watch out for those littrle critters. Nasty indeed!
Um, I don't know what that is and I don't want to know. I don't want anything living under my toilet seat. I don't even want to know that there are things that live under toilet seats. In fact, the only thing I really want under my toilet seat is the rest of the toilet.
02-03-2013 11:38 PM
Classic30
Re: Scary and Stunning

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Personally I have no desire to see a moose up close. Huge, ill-tempered beasties. Kind of strange about the hippos injuring that many people though.
Not really.. they're very big, very protective of their young and can move surprisingly (too surprisingly for their victims!) quickly. ..and there are a lot of people in Africa.

Fortunately the only moose and hippos we have here are in zoos and wildlife parks. ..must be safe then.

We do get the occasional redback under the toilet seat though... gotta watch out for those littrle critters. Nasty indeed!
02-03-2013 10:49 PM
steve77
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So do we!: Keep a sharp eye out!

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"Moose are not usually aggressive towards humans, but can be provoked or frightened to behave with aggression. In terms of raw numbers, they attack more people than bears and wolves combined, but usually with only minor consequences. On the American continents, moose injure more people than any other wild mammal and, worldwide, only hippopotamuses injure more"

Personally I have no desire to see a moose up close. Huge, ill-tempered beasties. Kind of strange about the hippos injuring that many people though.
02-03-2013 09:40 PM
downeast450
Re: Scary and Stunning

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Yep. ..and we like it that way.
So do we!: Keep a sharp eye out!

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02-03-2013 09:14 PM
Classic30
Re: Scary and Stunning

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You guys have the most nasties without doubt.
Yep. ..and we like it that way.
02-03-2013 08:15 PM
downeast450
Re: Scary and Stunning

Two marine patrol wardens were motoring in their 16' ob down the river near Bath, ME at about 15 k when a sturgeon that was estimated at between 5 and 6 feet weighing 300+ pounds leaped across their path. It took of the windshield of the boat, knocked both wardens into the back of the boat and put them in the hospital. The fish completed its arc and returned to the water on the other side of the boat! I have seen these huge armor plated prehistoric beasts in mid air up fairly close as we have our catboat on the coast near there. It would ruin your day to have something like that join you in the cockpit! 1000 pound moose to run into in the car and 300 pound fish that can sink a small boat. Fun! Maine is really a very safe place to live. We have no poisonous snakes! Ha! A flock of wild turkeys could shed a few feathers but they are too smart to get hit.

You guys have the most nasties without doubt.
02-03-2013 06:47 PM
Classic30
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When you come to visit us in Maine watch out for one of our 80,000 moose. That encounter can kill you if one walks in front of your car. They don't bounce off! The deer do. Ha!
Yes, there are a lot of 'roos out Perth way and many do seem to have a fatal attraction for car headlights, but, speaking from personal experience, you do not ever want to hit an Emu..

Think 1/2-ton wrecking ball covered in a gazillion instantly-deployable feathers positioned about average windscreen height on spindly legs. Even if you live though the experience, you won't ever want to get back in that car again!

Then there's the Wombats (a.k.a mobile speed bumps). Hit one of Fuzzy's relatives at 60mph and you'll rip the transmission right out of the car...

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Wishing I was 36 not 66. Would love to spend a couple of years in Australia. So much to do and so little time.
Funny... some of us say that about America.
02-03-2013 06:46 PM
Classic30
Re: Scary and Stunning

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Lord Thunderin' Jesus!

You've got the world's deadliest spiders, snakes, plants, fish, jellyfish and now: pillars of fire!?!

Even your weather is trying to kill you!

What did you Aussie's do to piss God off?
Why, nothing at all... This is God's own country this is!!

God gave us all them nasties to stop those darn tourists wanting to live here.
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