May 11, 2015 - 12:46 PM
KELOWNA – A Mother’s Day surprise when a young moose took a stroll through a busy Kelowna neighbourhood on Sunday.
Amy Eder was loading her family into the car to go for Mother’s Day breakfast around 8 a.m., May 10, when she saw something big and hairy walking down the road in Rutland.
“It was just by Brighton Park and it came trotting down from the top of Brighton Road,” she says. “At first we thought it was a horse but it was a young moose.”
Eder says in the eight years they've lived in the area they've never heard or seen of a moose there and can only speculate where it came from.
“My husband thinks it might have come from the Black Mountain area but we really don’t know.”
The family, along with dozens of neighbours, watched the moose wander the roads for around 15 minutes. It stopped at the corner of Milton and Bornais then crossed to Brighton before heading back along Milton.
“It was totally calm,” she says. “He was just checking out some cars and walked over to the neighbour's yard and it walked around the block then came back around. When we left it was still just kind of walking around.”
She never felt threatened and was surprised at how docile the moose was.
“It was so calm and very gentle. A little girl was standing quite close to it," she says. "It wasn’t running and it didn’t seem scared or sick. It was alert and just really curious.”
The incident comes just ten days after RCMP officers were forced to shoot and kill a moose hit by a truck on Harvey Avenue downtown.
Calls to the RCMP about the moose were not returned.
Image Credit: Amy Eder
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