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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.

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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





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.




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





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




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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