Road rage: it’s not just for people anymore.
A video from Norway of a moose smashing a car window is making the rounds on social media. The video, shot through the front windshield of a vehicle, shows a moose standing in the middle of the snowy road, blocking the car’s passage. The driver attempts to get the moose to move on, edging slowly forward, but the moose seems unwilling to leave the road.
After a minute of prodding, the moose seems to decide that he’s been pushed around enough and turns to face the driver. Then, his ears flattened, he charges abruptly towards the vehicle, lifts his front leg, and delivers a mighty kick that cracks the windshield.
If there’s any doubt as to whether the moose knows he’s done something mischievous, his quick exit from the scene makes it clear. This is a moose who knows it is time to flee the scene of the crime.
This isn’t the first time a moose has deemed a machine worthy of a good kicking. Last year, also in Norway, a homeowner’s automated lawnmower was disabled by a moose kick when it irritated the animal as it was eating apples off a tree.
Of course, while a moose kicking a car or a lawnmower may be viral-video-worthy, a moose kick to a person or animal is no laughing matter. Last year, a hunter was sent to the hospital by a moose kick to the head, and a video earlier this year showing a moose fighting off a wolf demonstrated how truly powerful these animals can be.
So while we may sometimes have to share the road, don’t let your car lull you into a false sense of security. The message sent in this video is clear: don’t mess with the moose.