Grizzly Bear Mauls Moose To Death In The Background Of Outdoor Wedding At Glacier National Park

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Weddings are always such a special day for the bride and groom, who can only hope that nothing goes wrong during the event, such as a family fight, the dropping of the wedding cake, or a moose being mauled to death by a grizzly bear while you are reading your vows.

That last one might not be at the top of the list of wedding day worries, but it actually happened to this couple right in the middle of their picturesque ceremony at Glacier National Park in Montana. I’ve been told that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but what does the good luck-bad luck handbook say about animals murdering each other on your special day?

This footage might make people rethink their outdoor wedding venue. Sure, being out in the open air is great (if the weather isn’t scorching hot), but you always have to consider the curveball that Mother Nature could throw at you.

Was this couple warned that their wedding location could feature a bear killing a moose? How did this all happen? Was it a slow burn, with the moose drinking water from the lake and the bear stalking close behind?

Or was it an “all-of-the-sudden” type thing, where the moose and the bear came running out of nowhere and the grizzly finally caught it once they got to the water? From the full length video that is included at the bottom of the story, it seems that this option is the answer.

However, it’s still tough to tell considering that the video picks up pretty far along in the mauling of the moose, and the photographers and videographers that were there to shoot the perfect wedding couldn’t help but turn their cameras over to the lakeside battle that was taking place.

Whoever cut the video together did a phenomenal job splicing together moments of the bear ripping apart the moose with short looks at wedding attendees’ faces reacting to the brutal animal takedown. The bride, groom, and officiant can hardly believe their eyes as they look over to see the moose’s final moments.

As the moose’s legs thrash in the shallow water, the bride covers her mouth in shock, and you can here someone in attendance mutter:

“Oh my God.”

And the wedding must have been close enough to the violent animal encounter so that they got a pretty good look at the moose getting murdered by the bear, but far enough away to where they didn’t feel like they were in danger. Considering how the bear seemed to be making short work of the moose, I would have been concerned that it would look over at the wedding and view it as an “all-you-can-eat buffet.”

Thankfully, it appears that the grizzly only crashed the wedding from a distance, which isn’t all that bad for the married couple. Plus, think about how many guests will talk about that wedding for the rest of their lives?

If weddings had more bear attacks (from a safe distance of course) and open bars, maybe returning the RSVP would be a little bit more exciting. For anyone that is having a wedding soon, take note…

And take a look at the incredible video:

And here’s the full-length version shot just from the videographer’s perspective below:

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A beer bottle on a dock