By Christine Peterson 

Cameras on collars give scientists intimate view of natural world


November 9, 2023

courtesy Rebecca Levine

University of Wyoming professor Kevin Monteith kneels next to a moose after attaching a camera collar outside of Meeteetse.

Viewers see a newborn moose calf struggling to stand mere seconds after it entered the world. The sun shines and the wind blows through a nearby pine tree. As the calf’s mother licks its back, cleaning amniotic fluid away from its fur, the newborn lifts its back legs and tumbles. 

It’s one of the most intimate moments a human can witness in the animal world. And researchers have a six-minute video taken not by a human, but by a small camera similar to a GoPro attached to the mother’s neck. 

“Watching it, you think at first, ‘I wonder if I was meant to see this,’” said Rebecc...

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