When a snowstorm headed for Alaska on the evening of December 15, Tyra Bogert headed to her sister’s house in case the power went out. While browsing TikTok with her niece, she noticed a notification from her Ring camera.
The camera, installed in front of his front door, had captured a movement. Curious, Bogert clicked on the notification and watched live as a “one in a million” event unfold.
A moose came by and shook its body, almost like a disgruntled dog, then “popped”, its antlers snapped off its head. The animal, clearly surprised by what happened, quickly fled.
Bogert couldn’t believe what she saw happening in real time.
Her husband Chance, who was at work, called right after to ask who was at the door, she said.
“And I’m like, ‘Man, you gotta watch it for yourself! You will be so surprised. I don’t want to spoil it.
Bogert said his brother told him to post the video because he had never seen anything like it on screen.
“He’s like, ‘I don’t think there’s any video of a moose losing its antlers and you both dropping them at the same time…I don’t think it’s ever been recorded. .'”
She posted the video to TikTok and Facebook, where it immediately went viral. It had over 18 million views on TikTok as of Thursday.
Bogert lives in a town called Houston, about an hour and a half north of Anchorage. She says she and her husband moved into their house in 2020 and got the Ring camera in 2021 for “security purposes,” but mostly ended up capturing footage of local wildlife.
“We are quite far here. We’re not like a suburban community or anything like that,” she said.
Bogert said she came from a family of avid hunters and her husband’s brother was going to help them mount the 50-inch rack in the video.
She said she loved how often she saw moose in her home and was thrilled that so many people enjoyed her video. Many people told him that they didn’t even know the moose had lost its antlers.
“They’re like, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t even know the moose did this in the first place and what do you mean? They can just shake their heads and the antlers fall off? They don’t don’t have to be like fighting or scratching a tree?” she said. “It’s pretty crazy how many people aren’t educated about moose.
“They’re so underrated…but they’re really cool animals,” she said.