Growing up in South Carolina my whole life, it’s still crazy to me that there are parts of the country where you can see bears AND moose crossing the road. Here in SC, the worst you see is a few deer running out in front of your car late at night, and the occasional dead armadillo on the side of the road (still have never seen one alive).
So, every time I see a video like this, I can’t help but be intrigued.
In this video, a car approaches a brown bear brutally attacking an moose calf. However, as the car gets closer and closer, the brown bear appears to be startled, and runs off into the woods. The moose calf is probably thinking it lucked out on this one, and starts taking off down the road.
But, the bear wasn’t quite done yet.
All of a sudden, you see the brown bear dart back out of the woods, and catch up with the calf again, and this time it’s much worse for the youngin’. The bear drags it back across the road and into a ditch, before leaving it be and taking off back into the woods.
For some reason, however, the moose calf proceeds to follow the bear back into the woods, and visibly has a limp. That’s when the bear comes back for the calf a THIRD time, as if it hadn’t had enough already.
The caption explains:
“This unit of a brown bear was mighty close to delivering the death blow to his prey, that is until this vehicle showed up and broke up the party.
Adapting to these new parameters, the bear and the moose play a game of cat and mouse before the young calf makes a break for the perceived safety of the trees on the opposite side of the road. Not long after, the bear follows in an attempt to finish what was started.
If I had to venture a guess as to what happened next, I would say the bear devoured any head start the moose calf might have had in no time at all. This would eliminate any advantage the calf might have used to put significant distance between itself and the nightmare chasing it into the woods.”