Meanwhile in Norway: two freak accidents see moose jumping off bridges in a single week

Moose jumping off bridge Photo courtesy of NRK

Norway and Canada have a lot in common. I mean, who else understands what it’s like to be blanketed under snow for half the year, or to watch the sun set in the middle of the afternoon? So when a train was disrupted recently by a falling moose, we had to double-check that didn’t actually happen in Canada.

The event actually took place in Bærum, Norway, which is just outside the capital city of Oslo. The moose, probably confused by the masses of snow that had recently been dumped on the city, fell off a bridge and onto the tracks, disrupting metro service. A video captured the moose’s mysterious dive over the edge.

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“Without knowing exactly, we assume that something scared the moose so that it jumped over the fence by the bridge. Falling so far, it could easily break a leg,” Jan Rustad, a communications officer with the metro service, told NRK. Sadly, the moose did break legs during the fall, and wildlife authorities had to be called to put it down.

Perhaps the strangest part of this whole event is that this moose’s swan dive came just days after another moose had also died falling from a bridge in nearby Hamar. That moose is believed to have jumped after being scared by a car.

Norway has a population of about 120,000 moose, which often make their way into the city. When they do, Norway’s advice to residents is to leave them alone. “When left alone, they usually return to the forest by themselves,” Ove Magne Dufseth of the Hamar Wildlife Committee said.

Sound familiar? This is the same advice wildlife officials in Canada often give when it comes to wildlife in the city. Still, while Canadians may feel a special kinship with Norway, we hope that the trend of bridge-hopping moose doesn’t spread to Canada. In some ways, it’s good be different.

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