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Abandoned Baby Moose and German Shepherd Become Best Friends

What do you get when you introduce a baby moose and a german shepherd? Apparently, you get a recipe for a perfect friendship! When these two animals were introduced it was love at first sight. You won’t believe how much this friendship has bloomed.

20. Wandering

Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

At around 5 in the morning, Shannon Lugdon heard the cries of a little baby moose outside of her home. The moose was crying out for momma. The momma, however, was nowhere to be found.

19. Not Intervening

Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

Many wildlife experts unanimously agree that it is best not to interfere in situations like this. Often the mother will return to the baby moose. So for a while Shannon refused to intervene even though the cries were so sad.

18. Hours

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A few hours had passed and the momma moose was still nowhere to be seen. That’s when Shannon noticed that the baby moose was about to get itself into a very bad situation…

17. Dangerous Situation

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It was around 1pm when the baby moose began to wander off. The baby began walking over to route 11 and Shannon immediately knew that she had to intervene at that moment. She couldn’t let the baby moose walk into a fatal situation.

16. Getting Help

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Shannon knew that she would need some help to get the baby moose, who she now was calling Miss Maggie Moose, away from the road. So two wardens named Adrian and Nick headed over to the area to help Shannon and Miss Maggie Moose out.

15. Brook

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The wardens helped guide Miss Maggie Moose back over to a brook in the shade that she was originally hanging around near. “She spent the day wandering around by the brook and returning to the spot we think her Momma had left her,” Shannon wrote on a Facebook post.

14. Leaving Her Be

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The wardens asked us not to go near her for 24 hours, wild animals often leave their babies to eat, drink and rest. “Abandoned” moose are rarely actually abandoned,” Shannon explained on her Facebook post.

13. Sunday Morning

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On Sunday morning, Shannon stepped out of the house to check up on Miss Maggie Moose. However, when she walked out she didn’t see her anywhere. So she decided to let her German Shepherd, Leo, out as usual.

12. Business

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So Leo went out in the back to take care of his business as usual. That’s when Shannon noticed that Leo had run off to another part of the yard. She was shocked by what he found!

11. Great Discovery

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Apparently, Miss Maggie Moose had been hiding back out where no one could see her. Leo, with his great eyesight and sense of smell, was able to find her. So he quickly made his way over to her and you won’t believe what happened next…

10. Best Friends

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He walked right over and Miss Maggie and Leo became fast friends! I fed her then. A grass, clover, water milkshake! Moose can’t have lactose so I only added a small amount of milk. After talking to a local vet, we switched her to whole Lactaid.”

9. Attention

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From that moment on Miss Maggie Moo would follow Shannon and Leo around constantly. All she seemed to want was some attention from the pair. It was the cutest thing!

8. Following Around

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She followed us around all day begging for attention. You can’t imagine how affectionate she was,” Shannon wrote. Then Warden Adrian stopped by to check up on Miss Maggie Moose to see how she was doing.

7. Biologist

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Warden Adrian came and checked on her Sunday and he and Warden Gary arranged for a biologist to come pick her up Monday afternoon.” When the biologist came over he quickly assessed the situation to figure out the next course of action.

6. Monday

Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

The biologist, Amanda came and got her Monday and {edited} arranged for Alicia to deliver her Tuesday to Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. She was 27lbs and they estimate 6 days old.”

5. Great Care

Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

Abby took wonderful care of her and we are, as always, grateful for our amazing wardens!,” Shannon wrote. Shannon’s Facebook post on the situation soon caught the attention of tons of people. Everyone was blown away Miss Maggie Moose’s sweet nature.

4. Facebook Post

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The Facebook post gained a lot of traction online and was shared by over 5,000 people. Shannon included wonderful photos of the interactions. Everyone fell in love with the interactions between Miss Maggie Moose and Leo.


Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

Oh my god! This is so amazing! So glad the baby found you guys to help him. Poor baby needed some loving and affection. How scary for him to be all alone. Abby must’ve been in heaven,” one user wrote.

2. Cared For

Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

Since being transported, Miss Maggie Moose has been carefully looked after. She is doing great and once she is big enough she’ll be brought back into the wild.

1. Unlikely Friends

Image: Facebook/Shannon Lugdon

The friendship shared between Leo and Miss Maggie Moose was short-lived but very sweet. The two of them managed to get very close in such a short amount of time. It is truly inspiring to see such friendships take place.

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