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Have you heard of Buzzwinkle? Here’s an article about the locally-famous downtown moose, per this article, “Alaska’s best-known public inebriate.” Apparently, moose frequently become intoxicated from fermented apples and other fruits.
Excerpts from the article:
“He downed a few too many fermented crabapple cocktails in the courtyard of Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge…. A long strand of small white lights tangled in his antlers attested to some careless twig noshing in Town Square earlier in the day. The most obvious sign of life was the cloud of vapor venting from his nostrils with every deep exhalation. He was blotto, and he knew it. Too large to fit in a taxi, we left him to sleep it off in the fenced courtyard.”
“Buzzwinkle was street smart. When I worked as an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist, I once watched him wait patiently for a red light to stop traffic on West Ninth Avenue before confidently stepping onto the crosswalk…”
In 2008, Buzzwinkle cashed in all his chips, when the author of the above article humanely put him to rest when he was in a bad way. RIP, friend.