I think that moose should receive the “World’s Ugliest Thing” award. The only things that might even have a chance of being a runner up are walruses; dust mites; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and my great-aunt Hilda. However, with its gangly legs, bristly proboscis, prehensile lips, blubbery nostrils and close-set beady eyes, the classic ugliness of your average moose can hold its own against all comers.
One would think that the first time a moose caught a glimpse of its reflection in a pond it would immediately expire from embarrassment, but I don’t suppose they have enough of a brain to process the whole concept of self-recognition. If they have any thoughts on the matter at all, moose probably assume their reflection is a sea monster of some sort. Maybe that’s why you typically find them sloshing around in water–they’re trying to stomp the hideous thing they saw peering up at them from just under the surface of their breakfast bowl.
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