Skip to comments.The Moose Whisperer: How an Animal Lover Became Friends With Jack the Giant
Posted on 02/19/2012 10:07:11 AM PST by nickcarraway
The moose whisperer: How an animal lover became friends with Jack the giant... just don't mention her boyfriend!
Vanessa Gibson has nurtured Jack since he was three days old
Giant Jack the moose stands six feet tall, weighs almost 1,000lbs and is very protective of his tiny best friend Vanessa Gibson.
The 23-year-old has nurtured Jack since he was three days old and the enormous Alaskan moose is fiercely protective of her.
Playing tag and run, and taking walks around the beautiful grounds of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre in Portage, Vanessa and three year old Jack are inseparable.
Miss Gibson even had to put up with Jack's jealousy over her boyfriend who she brought to visit him one summer. 'This past summer, my boyfriend of two and a half years came to visit me at the centre,' said Miss Gibson. 'I went in to feed Jack, who usually is right over my shoulder as I pour the grain in the trough. 'I looked over and he's standing at the fence, staring at Michael my boyfriend, neither of them moving.
'Now, he was not aggressive in any way and I didn't feel threatened, but Jack wouldn't let me out of the way to see my boyfriend.
'It was a pretty funny situation, I was held captive while my moose took care of any danger! He's sweet.' Gentle giant Jack doesn't let other people talk to Vanessa when he is around, preferring to keep her all to himself.
'Many people do not understand my relationship with him. I want everyone to know that my relationship with Jack is very special and extremely unique,' said Miss Gibson.
'I truly respect Jack's power and strength, and trust my intuition.
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There was this wacky woman at the stable where I used to ride who was taking all the "horse whispering" courses. She'd be out there chasing her horse around like an idiot. One day the horse tried to mount her. Literally. The owner of the stable told her to take her horse and her voodoo and kindly go somewhere else.
I hope this doesn’t end up like the guy with the hippo, or the bear guy, or....
It’s a wild animal. All the cool stories and desires to be “one with nature” can’t make it otherwise.
I watched Project Nim last night with my wife (now available on Netflix home delivery and DVD). Great movie. Gives good insight to how people can mistakenly project human qualities on animals and forget that they *are animals*.
It also shows how cruel hippies can be to the animals they supposedly love.
Each year in Alaska more people are injured by moose than by bears. In the past ten years two people have died from moose attacks in the Anchorage area. Each year there are at least 5-1O moose-related injuries in the Anchorage area alone, with many reports of charging moose in neighborhoods or on ski trails.
This woman is a deluded fool.
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. - Proverbs 12:10
Yeah, I wasn’t too worried about that.
Her horse wasnt a gelding. Very few horses should be left a stud. Its like owning a gorilla.
My wife has a license from the state of Idaho to rescue orphanged ungulates (deer, elk, and moose). We started 6 years ago with an orphaned bull moose calf.
“Maynard” grew from 18 to over 600 lbs. by the time we chased him off in the Spring. He was never aggressive but we never forgot that he was a wild animal. My wife was his “Mom” and he considered me his play partner. That got interesting at times. If he started to get too rambunctious a few harsh words and he would stop and hang his head like a scolded dog. A 600 lb. scolded dog, that is.
Since then we have rescued 4 mule deer fawns, a male elk calf, and over a dozen white tail fawns. We bottle feed them until they are ready for solid food and then open the enclosure gates at the end of summer in what my wife calls “soft release”.
My own experiences with Alaskan moose and “Maynard of Idaho” has taught me that as long as they are well-fed, not threatened, and not in rut they are fairly docile.
That being said, one must ALWAYS treat them as unpredictable wild animals that are not pets. To forget that is to invite trouble.
Yes, you’re right. You should go there and kill it.
Do dead moose please you?
It always amazes me about idiots(usually women) and stallions. I am really surprised more people aren’t killed. I’ve been in the horse business 45 years and have three breeding age stallions. I will not tolerate bad dispositions but still watch mine cloesly. No “whispering” here.
Yep, it most likely will. The foolish woman refuses to acknowledge that “her” moose thinks like a moose.
She will be confronted with it, the hard way, most likely.