Moose In Pool

Canadian Moose Takes a Dip in the Pool

We’re heard of snakes, turtles, frogs and other reptiles accidentally falling or jumping into a swimming pool. We’ve heard of dogs, cats, squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons falling or jumping into a swimming pool. Hell, in Florida there’s even been record of the odd gator sliding off a pool’s edge in order to enjoy a nice cool-down.

However, we have never heard of an iconic Canadian moose “taking a dip” in the chlorinated gin-clear waters of the “see-ment pond!”

That’s exactly what Paul and Marilyn Koch woke up to last Friday morning.

In the words of Bullwinkle, “’Eh Rocky, let’s say we take a dip in that beautiful blue water!”

Hopefully the grizzlies don’t catch wind of the Vancouverites’ luxurious backyard oases!

2 Replies to “Canadian Moose Takes a Dip in the Pool”

  1. Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

    Fish’n Canada you are quite right in associating this wayward Moose with the cartoon character Bullwinkle J. Moose. As you see, he/she is house broken. By observing its fluid movements around the pool in a nonchalant manner it is obvious this is not the first time the moose has been a house guest.

    Facts are specific in this case.

    Bullwinkle J. Moose shared a house with his best friend Rocky in the fictional small town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, a spoof of the real-life American town of International Falls, Minnesota. Bullwinkle attended college at “Wossamotta U” on a football scholarship. He is a long-time supporter of the Bull Moose Party, and at one time was the part-owner, part-governor of the island of Moosylvania. Bullwinkle is shown at numerous times to be quite wealthy; In seasons 1 and 2, he makes reference to having an Uncle Dewlap, who bequeathed Bullwinkle vast amounts of wealth (in the form of a cereal box top collection and an Upsidaisium mine); he also has a large petty cash stockpile hidden in his mattress that he accumulated delivering newspapers (as revealed in “The Last Angry Moose”). In the half-cartoon, half-live-action movie The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bullwinkle receives an Honorary Mooster’s Degree from Wossamotta U, due to the nefarious plans of Boris Badenov.

    Bullwinkle was noted for being well-meaning, but also quite dim-witted, which made for a source of jokes and plot devices during the show’s run. Despite this, the so-called “moronic moose” often aided the brains of the “moose-and-squirrel” duo, Rocky, during their various adventures. Although on opposite ends of the I.Q. scale, he and the “plucky squirrel” had a shared sense of optimism, persistence and traditional ethics and moral standards. Although not as intelligent as Rocky, Bullwinkle often made references breaking the fourth wall, so he was not always as clueless as he appeared. His apparent lack of intelligence also had positive side effects, making him immune to mind-numbing chemicals in “Goof Gas Attack” and being the only person able to properly handle the Kirwood Derby hat in “Missouri Mish Mash”. His voice is nasal, with a lisp added.

    Bullwinkle also hosted other segments of the program, including: “Mr. Know-It-All,” where he tried to demonstrate his supposed (albeit nonexistent) expertise at a subject, such as disarming bombs or curing hiccups; “Bullwinkle’s Corner”, where the moose would attempt to read poetry, notably I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (The Daffodils) of William Wordsworth; and various interstitial drop-ins. In one classic running gag, Bullwinkle would attempt to pull a rabbit out of a top hat (to Rocky’s dismissal: “Again?!” or “But that trick never works!”, and Bullwinkle’s canonical rejoinder, “Nothing up my sleeve…Presto!” or “This time, for sure! Presto!”), only to pull out something unexpected instead such as a lion, tiger, bear, rhinoceros and occasionally even Rocky himself. After each failed attempt, Rocky segued to a commercial by saying, “Now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like!”

    Bullwinkle could remember everything he ever ate. While obscure, this ability came in handy in the “Banana Formula” caper. At times, Bullwinkle has exhibited near-superhuman strength, known as his “mighty moose muscle”.

    Presto! Nothing up my sleeve, except my arm!

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