"The moose is singularly grotesque and awkward to look at. Why should it stand so high at the shoulders? Why have tail to speak of? For in my examination I overlooked it entirely. Naturalists say it is an inch and a half long. It reminded me at once of the camelopard, high before and low behind,—and no wonder, for, like it, it is fitted to browse on trees. The upper lip projected two inches beyond the lower for this purpose....The moose will perhaps one day become extinct; but how naturally then, when it exists only as a fossil relic, and unseen as that, may the poet or sculptor invent a fabulous animal with similar branching and leafy horns,—a sort of fucus or lichen in bone,—to be the inhabitant of such a forest as this!"


—Henry David Thoreau 

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Published on December 27, 2011 12:26 • 54 views
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message 1: by Gary (new)

Gary May the moose NEVER become extinct! Saw five of them hiking in the North Woods a few years ago.
They're so ugly they're beautiful.


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Gary, I like that description!


message 3: by Gary (new)

Gary Feel free to use it in a later novel.
(How's the snow up there?)


message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul Rain is in the forecast.


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