Moose vs. Magpie: A mischievous magpie taunts and toils with a frustrated young moose

Updated: Oct. 18, 2023 at 4:59 PM AKDT
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It's Moose vs. Magpie: Eagle River woman Elly Frey captured on video from her Zumba room window a magpie taunting and toying with a young moose in her backyard — jumping on its rear and back and then jumping off. The relentlessness of the bird and the confusion of the young moose are so cute. Even the momma moose woke up in the adjoining yard and came to peer over the fence to see what was going on with her kid! She and her husband's laughing and a small bit of play-by-play really make the video. The mighty moose might be the symbol of Alaska, but on this day the mercurial magpie reigned as the king of the funny ring. Have a story idea? Email Dave at