Moose pops into Alaska hospital building to snack on plants

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A young moose trudging through the snow looking for a meal spotted green plants in the lobby of a medical building in Alaska and decided to drop in for a snack.

The ingenious – or lucky – moose triggered the sensors on the automatic doors to the Providence Alaska Health Park building in Anchorage that houses the hospital’s cancer centre and other medical offices, said Randy Hughes, the hospital’s director of security.

“We received a call from one of our tenants advising that a moose had just walked into the building,” Mr Hughes said.

He believes it is the same moose that has been hanging around the campus.

“But it seemed like it was a magnet for people to come and see it,” he said. “It’s not every day you get a moose walking into a building, so everybody was excited to take pictures and stuff like that.”

On one video posted on social media, a woman wearing a mask and dressed in scrubs can be heard saying “that’s crazy” as she walked by the moose, snapping a photo with her phone.

The moose was too preoccupied eating the office plants to notice the stir he was causing.

The moose enjoys a snack
The moose enjoys a snack (Providence Alaska via AP)

“Finally, I think it had enough of everybody watching him, watching him eat,” Mr Hughes said.

The moose left the building but hung around in its drive for a bit before heading to the other side of the building to bed down for an afternoon.

This was not the first time a moose went inside one of the hospital complex’s buildings, and bears have tried to get into the emergency room before.

Mr Hughes said there is “never a dull moment here at the hospital.”

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