ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 6-year-old boy was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center on Monday to receive treatment for a head injury he sustained after he was charged by a moose upon exiting a school bus. The boy was walking toward his mother — who was waiting near the bus stop in her car — when the moose came out of the woods.
Elizabeth Barnes was watching her son walk down the road because a moose was near the area. But a second moose came out of the woods and struck her son, Anita Shell, spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department, told the Anchorage Daily News. Barnes called 911.
Another student who had been dropped off at the bus stop knocked on a neighbor's door to tell her that a boy had been "kicked in the head" by a moose. Thais Holladay, the neighbor, also contacted police.
Holladay said that the moose had been agitated by a barking dog that was loose in the neighborhood.
Heidi Embley, an Anchorage School District spokeswoman, told the Anchorage Daily News that school bus drivers are supposed to keep children on the bus if they spot a potentially dangerous animal. However, in this case, the bus driver reportedly did not see the moose and was gone by the time the boy had been injured.