River the moose was the big star at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center yesterday. As mentioned in a previous post, the folks from the "Myth Busters" TV show were in Portage on Thursday taping for an upcoming show about some Alaska myths, including one about a car hitting a moose.
According to a press release from the center, AWCC's Kelly Miller and Stephen Trimble shared a bit of their moose knowledge with the "Myth Busters," answering a lot of moose questions:
How much do they eat?
What do they eat?
Do they eat meat?
Do they eat snow?
Do they kill other animals? (Yes, but not for food.)
What does AWCC feed them in the winter? In the summer?
What is their favorite food? (Oddly enough, it's bananas, which they get as a reward when training.)
What is a weird food they have eaten? (A yellow rose that was on a woman's corsage at a wedding party.)
What do baby moose eat?
The center's Mike Miller said in an e-mail that River was more cooperative than the "Myth Busters" crew when filming first started. The crew had heard rumors that moose attack people and they were a bit wary to tangle with the full-size bull. After some coaxing, the crew realized they weren't in danger and filming got going.
Maybe the weather played a role in their reluctance too. Miller described it is perfect Portage weather, "sunny and bitter cold in the morning, warmed up to freezing and snowing hard by afternoon. Ideal for the wilderness they needed for this special episode."
And Miller said the "Myth Busters" are coming back in the summer for another show about moose.