By Tom Collins
A hobby horse farm at Bourget, just east of Ottawa, has turned into a little paradise for one specific moose, says Kelsa Staffa, owner of Wildfire Arabians.
Her neighbour’s property has an unkempt yard that a moose would love to eat, plus a pond where Bruce the Moose goes for a twice-daily dip. Bruce then wanders over to Staffa’s farm, where he hangs out with her horses.
Bruce has been coming to the farm since the start of June and can frequently be found standing or napping outside the horse paddock. When the horses are outside the fenced-in area, Bruce will slowly mosey over. Each horse has a unique reaction to Bruce.
One is scared and shies away, while another gives Bruce nasty looks, causing the moose to back away. The other two horses “don’t particularly care one way or the other,” says Staffa. “He’s sort of like the weird brother that is tagging along that they don’t really want to interact with but they don’t really care enough to chase him away.”
Staffa is not feeding the moose, and believes Bruce will leave once his hormones kick in and he has the urge to wander to find a mate.