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Baby moose gets ride in Canadian Mountie's cruiser

June 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

APPLETON, Newfoundland, June 24 (UPI) -- A Canadian Mountie gave a possibly orphaned baby moose a ride in a cruiser to an animal protection group that is caring for it, the group's manager says.

The calf, about 3 or 4 weeks old, drew a crowd Sunday along the Trans-Canada Highway near Appleton, Newfoundland, Bonnie Harris of the Gander Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

"The moose was crying out for its mom, but no sign of her," Harris said.

"A couple of people from the Glenwood area had said that there were two moose hit in the last week in that area, so we assumed it was probably mom that was hit."

The young moose was placed in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser and taken to the Gander SPCA where she calmed down after slurping down a gallon of milk.

"She would never have had a chance left out there," Harris said. "We don't know what her chances are now, but at least she has a chance now."

Plans are to transfer the moose to Salmonier Nature Park before long.

The animal's caretakers are considering naming it Apple, since it was found near Appleton.

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