A couple driving along a snowy road got a major surprise when they found a moose in the middle of the road. They slowed down to see what he would do. Then they watched as the moose approached them, slowly. And just when they were wondering what was going to happen next, the big old moose just took a great big lick of their car.
The moose was probably trying to get a few morsels of tasty, tasty road salt. Filmed in Alberta, Canada, the video demonstrates just how much moose and their relatives enjoy a good salt lick.
Of course, we can't blame them. If trucks drove around covered in steaks and lobster, we'd probably be out there trying to have a taste ourselves. But as far as moose encounters go, it's an atypically friendly one - many of them end with charges and kicks. But this one just ended with licks!
Moose are the largest cervids, the same family that includes deer, elk, and caribou. Like the rest of the family, moose seek essential mineral nutrients from salt or mineral licks, and when those are not immediately available, they are more than happy to settle for salt off of the undercarriage of a car or truck. Unfortunately, that can also lead to more traffic collisions as these animals learn to associate cars and roads with the minerals they need.
Please be careful when driving in heavily wooded areas - a moose might try to lick you.