HR Strange But True!
April 11, 2002
We all know that HR is never dull. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

An apparently motherless moose calf has become a little too lovable to workers at the Federal Express hub in Anchorage, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

After hanging around the company facility at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for months, the moose has some workers feeding and even petting it. Fed Ex managers, concerned that the moose could turn aggressive, have issued a company-wide memo urging employees to stop feeding it, a spokeswoman said.

"Not only can it be dangerous to them and the animal, but it is against the law," said Pam Roberson at Fed Ex world headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., paraphrasing the memo.

Biologist Rick Sinnott of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said some Fed Ex employees called him, worried that he might be called in to shoot the calf. Sinnott said he has no plans to do that. He's confident, he said, that the calf will find grass, new buds, and other food - as long as the calf doesn't become a danger to people.

"Moose are more dangerous potentially than black bears," he said. That's because people fear bears instinctively. But they've come to see moose differently, especially the young. "It's those big brown eyes and the long lashes, and they look so cute," he said. "I blame it all on Walt Disney and 'Bambi.'"

Source: Anchorage Daily News, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune

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