A couple in Alaska got to witness a “one-in-a-million occurrence” from their Ring doorbell camera.
The now-viral clip shows a moose walking up and stopping in perfect view of the camera. It paused for a moment and shook its body like a dog trying to shake off the water — and then there was a snapping sound.
The moose’s antlers popped right off its head — and the animal appeared to be startled by the loss of its antlers as it quickly ran away.
Tyra Bogert posted the video to both Facebook and TikTok with a combined viewing of 335,400 views as of Friday morning.
Boger’s brother-in-law also posted the video on his TikTok, where it racked up 18.6 million views and 2.6 million likes.
Bogert was staying at her sister’s house when she saw got the notification from her Ring camera about a motion at her front door. She immediately opened it, and got to witness the moose shedding its antlers in real-time.
Her husband Chance called right after to ask who was at the door.
“I’m like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to watch it for yourself! You’ll be so surprised. I don’t want to ruin it,”
She posted a follow-up video showing her husband going to get the antlers — which measured about 50 inches across — and showing them off to the camera.
The couple said they’re going to mount the antlers on one of their walls.
Moose shed their antlers, which are not attached to their skull, after mating season, according to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
Only male moose have antlers, and antler growth is regulated by testosterone, Kris Hundertmark, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, told National Geographic.
Antler bones begin to grow inside a nourishing skin on the moose’s skin called velvet every Spring, usually around April.
Around September, the testosterone in male moose surges, and the velvet sheds as the antler bones harden.
“The guy who has the biggest set of antlers and can show them off to potential girlfriends will be the fortunate individual who does the breeding,” Vince Crichton, retired wildlife biologist and moose expert, told National Geographic.
Getting rid of antlers also allows a moose to shed up to 60 pounds, letting them store more energy for the winter, Lee Kantar, moose biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Maine, said.
Bogert told TODAY that many people didn’t know moose shed their antlers.
“They’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t even know moose did this in the first place and what do you mean? They can just shake their head and the antlers fall off? They don’t have to be like fighting or scratching a tree?’ It’s pretty crazy how many people are just uneducated on moose,” she said.
Viewers on Facebook and TikTok were just as surprised as Bogert imagined.
“Wtf did I just watch? They do that?!” one person said.
“he was like, ‘OMG! MY HAT!’” another quipped.
“Why was that so much more dramatic than I thought it would be?” someone asked.
“I didn’t even know this was a THING!!!! THIS IS A THING!!?!?!” a surprised viewer commented.
“Really didn’t expect them to pop off like the blades on a hand mixer,” another said.
“Not me wondering if they have a headache and then instant relief,” another added.
“I didn’t realize they just took them completely off like a wig,” someone joked.
Some people joked that the moose left the antlers as a Christmas gift, and Bogert mentioned in the comments that she lives about 5 hours south of the North Pole.