This is a story of a moose that loses his antlers in the off season. The change in his anatomy may seem like the end of the world but he has many more anatomical features that make him and his species unique.

Marty and Mandee the Moose

Amy Zelinski

VETC 256

Dr. Timperman

 

Marty the Moose lives in Mooseville, Canada. 

 

 

Growing up, Marty was the fastest moose in

 

Mooseville.

 

 

Up until puberty everyone loved Marty

 

the Moose until they found out about his flaw. 

 

 

 

Marty’s Antlers were suddenly just gone. Without them he has to be extra careful

 

not to aggravate any other bulls since he lost his only defense. 

 

 

It is finally time for Marty the Moose to find a mate. Rutting season has become hard

 

for Marty. Every girl checks him out but for all the wrong reasons. 

 

Mating season just started so he won’t be attracting a mate anytime soon as they are his

 

main show off. His Antlers were essential to his reproductive life. He will never find a 

 

mate if he lacks them.

 

 

 

Or so he thinks.

 

Marty’s cervina antlers shed at the wrong time and it’s not normal for him to be

 

 

missing them during mating season. All the other bulls shed their antlers

 

 

during mating season which is called “antler casting”. 

Marty thinks his  female friend Mandee doesn’t have antlers due to the fact that

 

 

 

only bulls grow them. But that does not make him feel any better. 

 

Maybe when they do grow back they

 

 

 

won't have their kinesthetic sense this

 

 

 

time like they always do; or maybe

 

 

 

they won't even grow back at all. 

 

 

If he had antlers he could rub the velvet off of them and give them that

 

beautiful brownish color which is a perfect mixture of blood and dirt.

 

Gorgeous! 

 

Marty spends day after day out in the forest or down by the water, just waiting for

 

 

some moose contact. As moose pass in the distance, Marty uses his lateral nostrils

 

 

for sterol faction which allows him to know where the moose are traveling.

 

 

He smells a female approaching. 

He wonders why Mandee is here, she’s not blind, and she sees how bad he looks now

 

 

without his antlers. I don’t even look like a bull. Says Marty.

 

 

He thinks, I just don’t get it; they’re supposed to  shed on the offseason why do I look like

 

 

this during mating season!

 

 

I hope it doesn’t change what Mandee thinks of me.

 

 

-At last! Marty’s old friend Mandee approaches him-

 

Mandee sees how upset her best friend is and encourages him to join her for a snack in

 

 

a nearby field. Marty is ecstatic and happily agrees.  

See that right there?

 

That’s my favorite part of being a ruminant.

 

Marty Says, when the greens hit my 32 teeth, and I masticate the vegetation,

 

I swallow to my reticulorumen and regurgitate my cud.

 

You may think this is weird, but I think it tastes better the second time.

 

Mandee agrees. 

Date One

 

 

-Mandee and Marty have a great first date and

 

decide on a second date tomorrow-

Date Two

 

I hope Mandee is ready to take a

 

swim and go diving Marty

 

wonders.

 

 

He loves to submerge himself in

 

water; aquatic plants are one of

 

his favorites.

 

 

All he needs is his nostril valves

 

to close off and he’s practically

 

waterproof!

 

Marty knows he always has to be careful that he doesn’t get water up his nose and in his

 

 

mouth. As he dives deeper and deeper, the pressure rises, but it's okay. Marty's nostrils

 

 

tighten even more and it enhances the seal as he grabs the grub with his incisors. 

Months Later

Typically, bulls find a new mate after 3-4 days.

 

Marty and Mandee stayed together,

 

and raised their family instead. 

 

Their two sons, Otis and Ollie, love sprinklers and water just like their parents. 

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