The following photos demonstrate that all 3 to 4 year old's, no matter what the species, enjoy a splash water park on a very hot summer day! :)
This stunning bull moose was grazing on the bountiful tall willows in a marsh area. After approximately one hour, he suddenly changed direction went from a walk to a trot and then ran through the rushes, up a small incline, across the meadow and down into a very large pond.
Once he hit the water, he began swimming and splashing before heading back up onto dry land, only to re-enter the pond further down. There were a couple of American White Pelicans swimming nearby. Goodness knows what they thought when they saw this massive antlered creature approaching. Perhaps it was, "Oh no - it's a lake monster!!"
From there, he exited the water, crossed the path and headed to a treed area near the river, where he sunk down into the shade and protection of the trees. (He sat down much like I do, with a thump and not too much elegance.)
I couldn't see him at this point, completely engulfed in foliage and shrubbery but the occasional "moose burp" could be heard. And that's when I left the area, letting him slumber and recover from his exertions. It may have been the heat in combination with the bugs, that were harassing him that drove him into the water.