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These Friends Might Be An Unlikely Pair, But They’re Definitely Adorable

***EXCLUSIVE*** PORTAGE, AL - 2011: Vanessa and Jack the moose photographed in Portage, Alaska. Giant Jack the moose stands six foot tall at the shoulder and weighs almost 1000 pounds and his best friend is tiny Vanessa Gibson-The Moose Whisperer. The 23-year-old has nurtured Jack since he was three days old and the enormous Alaskan moose is fiercely protective of his 'mum'. Playing tag and run and taking walks around the beautiful grounds of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre in Portage, Vanessa and three year old Jack are inseparable. So much so that gentle giant Jack doesn't let other people talk to Vanessa when he is around, preferring to keep her all to himself. PHOTOGRAPH BY Vanessa Gibson / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

Anyone who’s ever visited a wildlife reserve knows that approaching the animals is generally frowned upon. Even if you’re a park ranger, you’d be ill-advised to waltz up to bears and wolves in an attempt to make friends.

And moose have a particularly bad rap when it comes to spending time with humans. After all, these creatures are huge, and we probably shouldn’t bother them on their own turf. That’s what makes this relationship so special. One woman who works for the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center has formed a particularly strong bond with a moose that she’s known for many years, and the two love spending time together every day.

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Watching them get their snuggle on makes me kind of jealous, honestly.

While I certainly don’t recommend trying to pal around with 1,500-pound animals in the wild, this particular anomaly is undeniably cute. To learn more about the animals at the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center, visit the organization’s website.

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