Hos­pi­tal moose

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

AN­CHOR­AGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wan­dered into a hos­pi­tal build­ing in Alaska’s largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as work­ers watched the mas­sive an­i­mal in awe.

When a pa­tient men- tioned that se­cu­rity staffers were mon­i­tor­ing a moose that got in­side the An­chor­age build­ing Mon­day, Stephanie Hup­ton dashed out and started record­ing.

“Didn’t think we’d have a pet moose,” said Hup­ton, who works in billing at a phys­i­cal ther­apy of­fice in­side a build­ing at­tached to Alaska Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

The footage shows the moose brows­ing around some green­ery near an en­trance be­fore it stands gaz­ing at the cam­era’s di­rec­tion. It briefly lingers be­fore saun­ter­ing out through an open door.

Hup­ton said she never felt threat­ened by the mel­low crea­ture. It was an ex­pe­ri­ence she never ex­pected when she moved to An­chor­age three years ago from Car­roll, Iowa.

“It’s def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent than small-town Iowa,” she said.

The moose got in­side through doors that were stuck open be­cause of ex­treme cold in An­chor­age, where tem­per­a­tures hov­ered around zero Mon­day, hos­pi­tal spokes­woman Kjer­stin Lastufka said.

The plants in the warm lobby were likely invit­ing to the an­i­mal, who ate some of them be­fore leav­ing af­ter about 10 min­utes, Lastufka said.

The moose caused no in­juries or any big prob­lems, other than the snack­ing.

“It was a pretty calm visit,” Lastufka said.

HONS—AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

This Jan. 7, 2019, photo pro­vided by An­chor­age Re­gional Hos­pi­tal shows a moose that had wan­dered into its ther­apy fa­cil­ity in An­chor­age, Alaska, through doors that were stuck open be­cause of ex­treme cold tem­per­a­tures. The moose chomped on some plants in the lobby and stuck around for about 10min­utes be­fore leav­ing the build­ing.

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