Tyra Bogert went to her sister’s house in case the power went out as a snowstorm approached Alaska on the evening of December 15. She noticed a notification from her Ring camera while scrolling through TikTok with her niece.
The motion detection camera installed at her front door had detected some movement. Bogert, intrigued, clicked on the notification and watched live as a “one-in-a-million” event occurred.
A moose walked by, shook its body like a displeased dog, and then “pop,” its antlers snapped off its head. The animal, clearly startled by what had happened, bolted.
Bogert couldn’t believe what she had witnessed in real time.
Her husband Chance, who was at work at the time, called right away to inquire about who had been at the door, she explained.
“And I’m like, ‘Dude, you have to see it for yourself!'” You’ll be astounded. I don’t want to mess it up.'”
Bogert stated that her brother instructed her 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 his antlers, and the fact that you had both of them drop at the same time… I don’t believe that has ever been recorded.”
She shared the video on TikTok and Facebook, and it quickly went viral. As of Thursday, it had over 18 million views on TikTok.
Bogert lives in Houston, Alaska, about an hour and a half north of Anchorage. She claims that she and her husband moved into their home in 2020 and purchased the Ring camera in 2021 for “security purposes,” but that they have mostly ended up capturing footage of local wildlife.
“We’re a little out here. “We’re not like a suburban community or anything,” she explained.
Bogert said she comes from a hunting family, and her husband’s brother will assist them in mounting the 50-inch rack from the video.
She enjoys seeing moose at her house and is overjoyed that so many people have watched her video. Many people have told her that they had no idea moose lost their antlers.
“They’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I had no idea moose did this in the first place, and what do you mean? Can they simply shake their heads and the antlers fall off? ‘Doesn’t it have to be like fighting or scratching a tree?’ she asks. “It’s amazing how many people are simply uneducated about moose.”
“They’re so underappreciated… but they’re such cool animals,” she says.