By Neil Torquiano
Channel 2 News
9:36 AM AKST, January 16, 2012
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center said goodbye to Chemo the Moose after 16 years, according to a press release on Monday.
The AWWC said Chemo was having trouble getting around the snow and was rapidly declining, and the decision was made to put down the moose.
According to AWWC, bull moose can live up to 12 or 13 out in the wild and typically moose in captivity begin to decline around age 8 or 9.
Chemo arrived at the Center when he was just three or four days old, and had a condition that caused a hoof malformation that required them to be trimmed by Center staff and interns throughout his life.
The bull moose appeared in several film projects including Myth Busters and National Geographic, and Center vistors captured him on home video throughtout the years.
“After having that moose here for 16 years, it is like saying goodbye to an old friend”, said Mike Miller, the Center’s executive director. “In his prime, he was a beautiful animal, and brought pleasure to the staff and visitors. I enjoyed, and will miss his company.”
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