A southeast Minot neighborhood heard the clip-clop of hooves Wednesday morning, but it wasn't Santa's reindeer that had come calling.
A pair of moose meandered into town Wednesday morning, finding a nice, comfy resting place smack dab in the middle of Roosevelt Park.
As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, the moose weren't in any big hurry to leave just yet, according to Minot Animal Control Officer Dick Schnell.
A female moose crosses under the pedestrian bridge connecting Eastwood Park with Roosevelt Park at mid-morning Wednesday. The moose made several trips up and down the river that forms the west edge of Roosevelt Park in an attempt to locate her calf. The wayward calf had wandered into a nearby residential area.
The mother and calf were later reunited near the Teddy Roosevelt statue in Roosevelt Park. The two moose bedded down near the statue shortly after this photograph was taken, apparently to enjoy a relaxing day in the park.
"They're still hanging around in that general area," he said.
For a time, the calf became separated from the mother, causing both to become somewhat anxious as they searched for one another. The cow ended up on the east side of the Souris River, while the calf trotted around through a variety of backyards, alleys and streets in Eastwood Park, west of the river channel.
At one point, one of the moose "took a lap" around the neighborhood, starting from the 900 block of Third Avenue Southeast and continuing up Ninth Street, down Riverside Drive to Seventh Street, then back over to near the park entrance.
Eventually, the calf crossed the river and met up with its mother, where after a brief exchange of moose pleasantries, they both decided it was naptime and promptly flopped down in the fluffy snow.