Abandoned baby moose that became friends with dog in viral video finds new home

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The baby moose that became fast friends with a dog named Leo in a viral vdeo has a new home.

The moose is being cared for at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

Leo’s owner, Shannon Lugdon, of Wallagrass, said the young moose, who she named Maggie, and who wardens estimate is just six days old, was left by her mother to explore Saturday.

Wardens advised Lugdon to avoid the moose as much as possible as it was likely she was not actually abandoned and her mother was watching close by.

“Two phenomenal wardens, Adrian and Nick, came over and we helped Miss Maggie back down to the brook in the shade,” Lugdon wrote on Facebook. “She spent the day wandering around by the brook and returning to the spot we think her momma had left her. The wardens asked us not to go near her for 24 hours, wild animals often leave their babies to eat, drink and rest.”

The next morning, Lugdon was letting Leo out into the yard when the two animals met.

“I let Leo out to do his business and he walked right over and Miss Maggie and Leo became fast friends,” Lugdon said. “She followed us around all day begging for attention. You can’t imagine how affectionate she was.”

The wardens returned that day and a biologist picked the moose up.

The biologist estimated Maggie was 27 pounds.

The moose is being cared for by staff at the wildlife park.

She will remain there until they can determine if she can be released back into the wild.

Ludgon is no stranger to the outdoors. She and her family promote outdoor adventures in northern Maine through summer camps and guided hunts at Lugdon Lodge on Eagle Lake.



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