I just read a story of a little deer in Vermont who is spending time with a herd of cattle. It seems the other deer in it's group were taken by coyote this winter and one was hit by a vehicle. It put me in mind of a yearling moose that joined a herd of dry cows a couple of years ago in Bath, NH.
Every spring just as moose calves are about to be born, mothers run off the calves that have been following them for the past year. Some of the yearlings get confused at first and will even walk up to humans. Moose - cow relationships don't happen often but are not unheard of.
Two years ago, I read an article in the local paper about a young cow moose that joined a small herd of dry cows on the Minot farm in Bath. At first the cows were not too friendly to the moose but soon began to tolerate her. Willie Minot named her Mildred and folks started coming around to see Mildred the Moose.
Dan's mother was visiting for the fourth of July and we decided to drive out to see Mildred. She had been with the herd going on four weeks at this point. At first we did not see her, and drove down the road past the farm. We decided to turn the car around and make one more pass on our way back home. That's when we spotted her and I got these photos. I don't know how long she stayed with the herd but I am glad she found some 'friends' during that transition time.