By Tim Binnall
A jaw-dropping video from Colorado shows the moment when a massive bull moose suddenly decided to charge at a hiker who had stumbled upon the enormous creature in the woods. The wild scene was shared on social media by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who used the incident as something of a cautionary tale about approaching wild animals in their natural habitat. "This video shows what can happen when you are too close to a bull moose," they wrote, "and how quickly they can decide to charge on you."
The department's post went on to explain that the person behind the camera "came upon the bull while walking along a willow bottom heading towards a lake in Clear Creek County." The awestruck individual apparently then pulled out their cell phone and began filming the creature, which was largely obscured behind a tree, from only a few feet away. Although the scene seems peaceful at first, as soon the moose appears to catch sight of the hiker, it quickly drops its head and charges towards the camera.
Realizing what was happening, the stunned hiker lets out a concerned yelp and attempts to get away from the oncoming moose while also keeping the camera rolling. According to the department, the individual managed to avoid being struck by the massive creature by taking cover behind a tree. Upon colliding with the impromptu natural shield, the moose must have felt that it made its point as it then departed the area leaving the undoubtedly shaken hiker behind to count their blessings.