The calf's mother, whom we had seen about a week ago, sadly, is missing. We’ve been worried. So we called up one of the Algonquin Park biologists (Mark), who told us…
A calf will usually stay with his mother until after his first winter. Then in the spring, before the mother has her new babies, she will shoo away the year old moose.
Something may have happened to the mother moose – maybe a predator (but he doubts that, as the calf is still alive) – perhaps disease.
We are heartbroken.
The good news is that the young moose is not relying on the mother’s milk anymore and could survive on his own. Realistically, without his mother, it will be more difficult.
We are still hoping to see the mother and will keep you updated if we do!
For now, we'll be enjoying our little buddy – who seem to appear around every corner - and hope that he survives those winter months.
Here are a couple of photos to share.
Thank you to Peter Brauer for these photos.