Watch: Moose sighting brings Grand Teton tourist to tears

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Who else becomes emotional after seeing their favorite critter for the first time in a national park?

The accompanying footage shows Caitlyn Sheamus crying tears of joy after spotting her first wild moose in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

“It was on my bucket list,” she explained to FTW Outdoors.

The footage, shared Friday by National Parks Guide, was captured last May as Sheamus and her boyfriend drove from their campground toward Jackson. (Below is the original footage.)

“What did you see?” her boyfriend asks while documenting her reaction.

“I saw a moose,” she answers between sobs.

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Some viewers observed a bit of themselves in the footage.

“When he sees a bison and when I see an eagle,” reads one comment, in reference to that couple’s reactions produced by those iconic critters.

“Bears,” reads another.

“I love this so much,” reads yet another.

The moose. Photo: Caitlyn Sheamus

Sheamus said she and her boyfriend, Steve, had driven from Michigan to explore Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park for the first time.

Both parks teem with wild animals, large and small, and visitors often keep mental checklists of critters they hope to see.

While it might be rare to cry after spotting a precious animal, it’s quite common for iconic critter sightings to stir emotions.

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