Roam­ing moose checks into Alaska hospi­tal of­fice build­ing

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What’s a moose to do when it’s nearly zero and tempt­ing green veg­e­ta­tion beck­ons it from a lobby? Wan­der in, of course.

That was the scene at a med­i­cal of­fice build­ing at Alaska Re­gional Hospi­tal in An­chor­age last week, when the sin­gle-digit weather caused au­to­matic doors to stick and let the crea­ture saunter in for a few min­utes.

It’s not a first for the hospi­tal, since An­chor­age is home to about 1,500 of the antlered beasts, ac­cord­ing to the An­chor­age Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau. “It is very com­mon for moose to be seen walk­ing through the cam­pus and around town. We had an­other visit in 2005 when a moose walked through the au­to­matic doors to our ER triage win­dow,” said hospi­tal spokes­woman Kjer­stin Lastufka.

“This moose was very calm dur­ing her visit. We think she was walk­ing down the side­walk and no­ticed the dec­o­ra­tive green­ery in our lobby, and sim­ply walked through the open doors. She grazed a bit un­til peo­ple no­ticed her in the lobby and a small crowd gath­ered. Then she sim­ply walked out and our se­cu­rity team closed the door after her,” Lastufka said.

What is it about Bull­win­kle and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties? Out­liers told you about a Ger­man moose in 2014 who ram­bled into a Siemens build­ing in Dres­den. And in 2012 an­other An­chor­age hospi­tal, Prov­i­dence Alaska Med­i­cal Cen­ter, had a moose me­an­der­ing around its park­ing garage for a few days.

ALASKA RE­GIONAL HOSPI­TAL SE­CU­RITY DE­PART­MENT

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