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Moose takes trot down St. John Road in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — A northern Maine moose is becoming popular online after being captured on video while running along Route 161 in Fort Kent this weekend.

A father and daughter spotted the moose casually trotting down the road toward St. John at around 7 p.m. on Saturday. Justin and Chloe Babin were on their way home after feeding the dogs of friends who were out of town.

The Babins were in their vehicle about to turn onto Route 161, also known as the St. John Road, from Sunny Drive when they yielded to the moose.

Justin Babin took out his cell phone to capture the sight as Chloe Babin, 8, innocently asked, “Is that a moose?”

“That’s a horse or a donkey,” Chloe then decided before her father could answer.

Justin Babin said this is not the first time his young daughter has seen a moose.

“It had no antlers, so she thought it was horse or a donkey,” he said.

Slowly and from a distance, the two followed the moose down St. John Road for a bit before Chloe decided she had seen enough of the moose and asked to return home. Babin pulled over to turn around and the moose kept running down the road toward the setting sun.

Once home, Chloe told her mother, Julie Babin all about the sighting.

“I laughed so hard; I was in total amazement that the moose was just strolling down the main road,” Julie Babin said of seeing the video. “It makes me feel good that I can raise my children around nature and experience wildlife first hand. I’m glad I live in a town that is surrounded by nature instead of a big city.”

Justin Babin said this was not the first time he had seen a moose running down a northern Maine road.

“It was pretty cool. I’ve seen it a few times, but not in a while,” he said.

Babin’s video, which he posted to his Facebook page, has been viewed more than 200,000 times and been shared nearly 5,000 times as of Monday morning.

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