Gawking Onlookers Cause Panicked Moose to Drown


We’ve brought you stories about how desperate people are to post something novel to social media.

Whether it's booking the perfect vacation for Instagram or doing illegal things to pay for those pics, it seems like there is no end to the number of people who want to add something unique to their feed.

Rarely does this result in tragedy but, in this case, it seems like it contributed quite heavily.

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And, as is often the case, nothing makes quite the statement like a snap of a majestic animal – except for when you join a crowd of like-minded social media mavens and cause the animal to drown as it attempts to maneuver away from the crowd.

This is exactly what happened in Vermont at Lake Champlain as a Moose was swimming in the lake and became spooked by the numerous people trying to take pictures of it, flashes likely included.

It all began when scientists came upon the resting moose and scared it back into the water. In the middle of a journey to an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, the moose was startled back into the water and drowned from exhaustion as onlookers prevented from returning to shore.

The moose’s fate was confirmed by Fish and Wildlife, with Fish and Wildlife Officer Robert Currier saying to local news outlet WCAX3, “The best practice is to stay away from it, keep your distance. Don’t crowd the moose…If a moose feels threatened it’s going to respond by either leaving the area or it’s going to respond with aggression, and obviously we don’t want anybody to be the victim of the latter of those two.”

The story blew up once it was covered by The Independent and the rest is history so they say. This tragic tale serves as a cautionary reminder of the delicate balance we have to maintain in admiring an animal while also giving it enough space to live without fear.

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