VIDEO: APD escorts moose to safety

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Luke Higgins was out celebrating his birthday with family Saturday evening, when he witnessed an only-in-Alaska sight.

APD escorts a moose cow and calf on Nov. 11, 2017, in downtown Anchorage. (Image still courtesy Luke Higgins)

Emerging from Orso, an Anchorage restaurant along 5th Avenue, Higgins witnessed four police vehicles escorting a cow and calf moose down the road and away from traffic.

While this is not an "uncommon" occurrence for Anchorage police, APD spokesperson Renee Oistad says it is not generally captured on camera.

"Lights, sirens and cars can be an effective way of corralling wildlife and getting them off the road and out of harm's way," she says. "We've done it with bears, too."

The masses may not typically hear of many APD-moose escorts, because officers tend to not write up reports of these encounters, according to Oistad.

"The officers saw a need to intervene, and they did," she adds.

Still it was quite the head-turner, as many excited comments indicate on social media.

"Only in Alaska do moose get a police escort!" writes Higgins.

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