The sad news came way of Twitter – as most news does today – from out in the western suburbs Monday evening. There was an accident between a car and a moose near Route 128:
Confirmed Car vs Moose on River Rd, no civilian injuries PD to handle.
— Weston Fire (@WESTON_FIRE) June 15, 2016
While the driver was not hurt, the same was not the fate of the moose, who had to be put down by Massachusetts Environmental Police.
— WBZ Boston News (@cbsboston) June 15, 2016
It was soon determined that the animal hit by the car was, likely, the Belmont Moose, the female cow that took an early morning stroll on June 2 through Watertown and many locations in the Town of Home that caught the attention of thousands on social media and television from greater Boston to as far as Japan.
The news spread fast, reaching the moose’s official Twitter account with its 319 followers who added “RIP” to the account’s name.
And the reaction among her fans was immediate:
— Steve Saleeba (@SteveSaleeba) June 15, 2016
— RIP Belmont Moose (@TheBelmontMoose) June 15, 2016
@TheBelmontMoose Such sad news for all who knew & loved her in person & thru Twitter. She lifted our spirits from afar, & we’ll miss her.??
— Laloofah Ⓥ (@Laloofah) June 16, 2016
@TheBelmontMoose We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun…
— Kathleen OKeeffe (@beerwxsports) June 16, 2016
— Olivia Arnold (@olivia_arnold12) June 15, 2016
And a final tweet, this one from the administrator of the Belmont Moose account:
We’ll miss you, Ms. Moose ???
— RIP Belmont Moose (@TheBelmontMoose) June 16, 2016