This Is What It's Like to Hit a Moose on a Highway in Russia [Video]
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Russia's Northern regions are well populated with moose (also called Eurasian elk). The European moose was native to most temperate areas before it was hunted on an industrial scale. The ones that remain have to deal with their habitat being cut up by motorways.
As a result of this, it's inevitable that some will end up being hit by cars. Believe it or not, moose/elk crash tests are routinely conducted by many carmakers, including Ford, Opel and especially Volvo. Fully grown male "bulls" can weigh up to 700 kg (1,500 lb) and female "cows" reach 360 kg (790 lb). Because they are so tall, the impact with the body happens at roof level, not at the bumper where cars are strongest.
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