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A ski-er who tried to cuddle a moose was seriously injured when the half ton beast turned on him and trampled him with its hooves, say officials at a national park in Moscow, Russia.

Witnesses say the 78-year-old man - on a visit to the city's Moose Island park - suddenly grabbed at the two metre high animal which kicked him in the head and then trampled his chest.

Victim Agasan Agayev is recovering from a fractured skull in hospital, say police.

A spokesman for the park said: "People should realise that the moose is a very large, very dangerous animal and they should never try to approach them.

"At this time of year moose calves are leaving their mothers and their behaviour is extremely unpredictable."

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