Moose calf at Northwest Trek gets name

The new moose calf at Northwest Trek has been named Willow.
The new moose calf at Northwest Trek has been named Willow. Courtesy of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

The first moose born at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in 15 years has been named Willow.

Staff members at the park near Eatonville offered up three choices – Willow, Lily and Aspen – and the public voted over the last month through an online survey.

Willow was born July 17 to mother Connie and father Ellis. Park officials said the 6-week-old calf is healthy.

Another adult moose, Nancy, also lives in the 435-acre Free-Roaming area. Visitors can see the animals in their natural habitat by hopping on a tram.

This weekend, Northwest Trek will hold its annual event Get Out of the Rut, which honors moose, elk, bighorn sheep and deer. It will take place from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Weekend activities include:

▪  Trailside Encounters in which keepers showcase and talk about small animals. Times are 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.

▪  Daily keeper talks (locations and times are posted at the front gate).

▪  Elk-lympics, in which visitors can test their ability to survive the rut by trying up to five Elk-lympic events. They include thrashing, sparring, parallel march, bugling and more.

The Elk-lympics will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day during Get Out of the Rut.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653