News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Junior, a 23-year-old Morgan Arabian was missing from his Waterbury home, or so Junior’s owner, Beth Gilpin, thought. Junior’s footprints – very distinctive as he has a square toe and small hoof – were found in the area mixed in with a set of moose tracks, said the Burlington Free Press. The two were never spotted together, other than their intertwined tracks. Junior eventually came home – without his moose pal – almost two months later. He was none the worse for wear, although weak and skinny. Back in 1986, a similar pairing of a domestic and wild animal pairing happened in Shrewsbury, when a cow named Jessica and a moose hung out together for 76 days. Ah,love. Whatever will be will be.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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