Alces alces

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Photograph by Arthur Rosen.

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Alces alces – moose, Denali National Park, Alaska.

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Is that Bullwinkle before the cartoonists got hold of him? :D

Ah … the majestik møøse …

A Møøse once bit my sister … No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: “The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist”, “Fillings of Passion”, “The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink”…

(Sorry Matt, but you know it had to go here sooner or later.)

Moose is the North American name for the animal that was known as some variation of “elk” in most Indo-European languages, for centuries if not millenia (hence the Latin name for moose, see above).

Thus, confusingly, the North American moose is the same animal as the European elk.

To add to the confusion, we North Americans have given the name elk to a somewhat similar but different animal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk

You can get anything that you want at Alces’s Restaurant.

Mike Elzinga said:

You can get anything that you want at Alces’s Restaurant.

That used to be the case, but Alces doesn’t live here anymore.

Mike Elzinga said:

You can get anything that you want at Alces’s Restaurant.

Presumably SWT’s sister ordered the chocolate mousse and discovered that it wasn’t entirely clear who was the consumer and who was the consumed.

This Moose is Loose!

When I lived in Sweden, I hung out at a place called Värdshuset Älgen (the Elk Roadhouse). I still remember the thrill of discovery when I realized that älg is cognate with elk (the ä is close to a short English e and the g is as in singer, not finger).

Doesn’t sexual selection operate on some species?

Moose, bison, and warthogs seem not to be selected for beauty, at least.

Glen Davidson

https://me.yahoo.com/a/JxVN0eQFqtmg[…]X_Zhn8#57cad said:

Doesn’t sexual selection operate on some species?

Moose, bison, and warthogs seem not to be selected for beauty, at least.

Glen Davidson

After a few drinks, neither are humans.

https://me.yahoo.com/a/JxVN0eQFqtmg[…]X_Zhn8#57cad said:

Doesn’t sexual selection operate on some species?

Moose, bison, and warthogs seem not to be selected for beauty, at least.

Glen Davidson

They only have to look beautiful to other moose.

How can you look at those beautiful eyes, and that soft velvety nose, and say she isn’t the cutest young moose you’ve ever seen?

Mike Elzinga said:

https://me.yahoo.com/a/JxVN0eQFqtmg[…]X_Zhn8#57cad said:

Doesn’t sexual selection operate on some species?

Moose, bison, and warthogs seem not to be selected for beauty, at least.

Glen Davidson

After a few drinks, neither are humans.

Thanks Mike. My screen needed to be cleaned anyway.

harold said:

https://me.yahoo.com/a/JxVN0eQFqtmg[…]X_Zhn8#57cad said:

Doesn’t sexual selection operate on some species?

Moose, bison, and warthogs seem not to be selected for beauty, at least.

Glen Davidson

They only have to look beautiful to other moose.

Unless humans directly interfere, sexual selection is dependent solely on the tastes of each species.

Though, I remember reading about an experiment done with zebra finches where the researchers glued a feather cap onto the heads of the males. The female zebra finches immediately found these enhanced males utterly irresistible.

Mike Elzinga said:

You can get anything that you want at Alces’s Restaurant.

Excepting Alces …

SWT said:

Mike Elzinga said:

You can get anything that you want at Alces’s Restaurant.

Excepting Alces …

Ah; very few people remember that.

Alces high!

(Musk deer don’t smell so good, either.)

Mike Elzinga said:

SWT said:

Mike Elzinga said:

You can get anything that you want at Alces’s Restaurant.

Excepting Alces …

Ah; very few people remember that.

Does this picture have circles, arrows and a paragraph on the back?

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