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Boy or girl? Moose calf born at Northwest Trek

Connie the moose touches noses with her newborn calf at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. She gave birth either late July 17, or early July 18.
Connie the moose touches noses with her newborn calf at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. She gave birth either late July 17, or early July 18. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park courtesy photo

Keepers at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park knew Connie the moose might be pregnant.

But it wasn’t until they saw her with a wobbly, long-legged calf Saturday that their suspicions were confirmed.

She gave birth late Friday or early Saturday, according to the park.

Now staff will try to figure out the baby’s gender.

The animals wander Northwest Trek’s 435-acre Free Roaming Area. Keepers got close enough to tell that the calf looked healthy, but not close enough to tell if it’s a boy or girl.

Once they figure that out, they’ll start talking names for the newborn.

Connie was named in honor of the park’s cofounder Connie Hellyer, who with husband David donated 507 acres of land for the wildlife park. The moose came to Northwest Trek in 2012 from Idaho, after being found orphaned underneath a house.

Her new baby is the first moose born at the park in 15 years, and the birth coincided with Northwest Trek’s 40th anniversary.

In addition to Connie, the baby joins two other adult moose at the park: Ellis, the father, and Nancy.

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