And what would she have done if the moose suddenly decided to taste her hand. Palm up or palm down, the moose doesn’t know the difference. It’s not a stray dog. LEAVE IT ALONE!
Next time, just watch it! Observe it! Be amazed at its presence! Silently thank it for spending some of its life in yours. Don’t be so selfish and pompus as to think the moose “owes” you a petting.