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Colby-Sawyer to Host “Forever Locked” Moose Exhibit and Photographer Rick “Mooseman” Libbey

by Amber Cronin '10

NEW LONDON, N.H., Oct. 13, 2008 - Colby-Sawyer College will host “Forever Locked,” an exhibit displaying two moose with antlers locked, and a presentation by photographer Rick “Mooseman” Libbey.

Both events will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25. The “Forever Locked” exhibit will be available for viewing on Colby-Sawyer's Quad from 12 to 5 p.m. The presentation by Rick Libbey will follow in Wheeler Hall of the Ware Campus Center at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The “Forever Locked” exhibit is a life-sized, museum-quality taxidermy exhibit depicting a rare, natural event. In October of 2003, Ray Deragon, a native of New London, was walking through the woods and came across two moose carcasses, their antlers locked in battle. He contacted New Hampshire conservation officials and the idea of preserving the locked antlers arose.

In January of 2004, fund-raising began to finance a taxidermy display that showed the moose locked in mortal combat. Three quality moose skins were donated, and with the help of dozens of volunteers, the two bulls were recreated into the “Forever Locked” display. At 7 p.m., New Hampshire photographer Rick “Mooseman” Libbey will make a presentation in Wheeler Hall about his life photographing moose in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Libbey says it is his calling to be in the company of the moose and has been photographing this icon of the New England wilderness since 1981.

“When I am out there in the wilderness with the moose and the other wildlife, I feel it deep inside of me. It is what I am supposed to be doing,” he says on his web site.

Libbey will spend up to four hours with one moose, which means that every photograph he creates has a story to go with it. He relishes sharing those stories and his love for the outdoors, and will welcome questions from audience members during his campus presentation.

Amber Cronin '10 is a Colby-Sawyer College student who writes for the Colby-Sawyer College Communications Office.

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