Why? Because it has little feet?

We don’t hear from Rusty for what? 120 days?  And he gets one line.  And it makes not a lick of sense…  And Cherry is beside herself with pride, placing her hand on her breast in wonderment… “Did my boy come up with that on his own?  Well… will wonders never cease…”

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We have either shot forward many weeks, or I don’t know when a moose calf reaches an age of self-sufficiency…  Last I checked, “Littlefoot” was still quite dependent on his mother…  Which makes me think Doc doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about…

But apparently we are bored with moose and are going to move on to beaver.  Fine with me… Anything to not have to look at the back of Doc’s head…

But isn’t “Doc” your father??

What is Cherry doing in the middle panel? Swearing and attesting to her personal knowledge of the fact that her father “Doc” Davis graduated from Vet School, passed the board exams and is a licensed, practicing veterinarian??

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But Mark knows better that this…

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Stop me before I meme again!!

And from the Curmudgeon:

Oh snap, Mark Trail will see your “let’s foster an orphaned deer” and raise you a “let’s foster an orphaned moose”! Do not try to muscle in on Mark Trail’s insane animal storylines, capisce?

Dead cow? What dead cow??

Yes, oh, Poor Little Thing…  Never mind the carcass that was the “Little Guy’s” mother…  and how do we know it’s a “guy?” or are we using that in the gender neutral form of the word, as in, “C’mon, guys, let’s get a move-on…?”

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And we are to believe that the calf will stand their stock-still and let Mark and Cherry walk up to it?  Oh heck why not, Mark’s powers are a mystery to most and needn’t be questioned at important times like this…  Better get out the giant formula bottle…  we have a big baby to feed!!  Or does Mark have Rusty don the Mother Moose outfit in order to not spoil any hope of returning the calf to the wild?

Ah, yes… The time-honored meme…

…of keeping wild animals as pets!  ALWAYS a good idea… NOT.  With one wolf tranq-ed, the pack will fall back confused and in disarray…  and Mark and Cherry can swoop in and save the calf, give him/her a proper name and take on another mouth to feed.  Rusty will be so excited!!

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Mark, you are on heckuva shot!  Dart finds its Mark right in the shoulder and it’s sand-man city!  Not sure what Cherry is doing in the background- I would expect a look of encouragement rather than the look of dismay she is offering up…  maybe she is just shaken by the whole nature scene unfolding before her, or the knowledge that she’ll now have to raise this calf into an 1,100 lb. herbivore…

Oh, Mark Indeed…

I can’t take it anymore…  I guess the objective here is to show us how nature works, maybe what separates us from the animals, or in some cases does not.  There’s no win-win in Nature.  Some lose in order to benefit others…  That’s why rabbits have so many bunnies, etc., etc… But when a species in crisis still gets targeted, and they are lucky have one offspring survive… and the mature also go down, well, that’s just sad.

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But Mark understands.  But will he watch this unfold, or will his new-found human sensibilities kick in??  We’ll have to wait until tomorrow…

Can’t be long now…

As the anonymous cow moose exposes her jugular vein…  and as she returns to her natural brown coloring, a process that began yesterday, upon reflection…  she’s no match for the intensity of the pack.  But this is what allows wolves to live, and all manner of scavenger that will make a meal off this large herbivore carcass…

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But what of Junior?  Looking on in panel one in dismay… but do moose have feelings?  Can the calf comprehend what is going down? Or is Momma just a source of food?  A milk wagon on four legs?  And funny how the pack is going for the tough old cow and not the tender young calf.  But what do I know?  I’m not a wolf…