The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Meet The Man Who Sleeps With Moose The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Meet The Man Who Sleeps With Moose

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Meet The Man Who Sleeps With Moose

“His kisses are very wet. They’re intense,” is one of the first things Leffe Lindh says to me as he shows me a photograph of himself smooching his favorite moose on the lips.

He was introduced to me as “the man who sleeps with moose.” I just didn’t know what to make of that, or where to even begin asking him questions.

It turned out I didn’t have to. The moment we began chatting, he was perfectly forthcoming with the entire story.

Lindh began caring for and raising moose in the small town of Gardsjo in Sweden, 185 miles from Stockholm, more than two decades ago. Today he owns and operates the Gardsjo Moose Park, a sanctuary where visitors can get up close and personal with the wild creatures.

Last year he began allowing overnight guests to actually sleep within the moose park. For a rate of 500 euros a night, visitors can stay right in the midst of the moose. There is a tall fence surrounding the cottage to protect guests, but the moose mosey right up to it. Moose can jump up to 6 feet and run more than 35 miles an hour, so it is best if the average guest has a barrier. The small cabin can sleep five people very snugly, two comfortably. There is no television, no Wi-Fi and no mobile connection. Guests can leave only when Lindh comes to fetch them.

Moose are elusive. Though the moose population in Sweden is approximately 300,000, it is rare for a visitor to actually see the creatures, much less have any kind of interaction with them.

Lindh has tried to change that.

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