This man in Finland kindly helps out a stranded seal by cutting a hole in a frozen lake with a chainsaw.
I am not fluent in Finnish but one can assume that this couple saw a stranded seal on a frozen lake and decided it wanted to be back in underwater.
So, the man takes out his chainsaw and carves out a square hole for the little seal to return to the water.
This was filmed at Lake Saimaa and this is a Saimaa ringed seal, which are teetering on the edge of extinction. This particular fresh-water seal is only found at Lake Saimaa and there are unfortunately only about 300 seals left in the wild.
According to a Finnish newspaper, the man who cut the hole for the seal is named Tarmo Tolvanen. The seal had been wandering the lake’s edge for a few days when it got so cold that the lake froze over before the seal could return to the water. Saimaa seals usually make dens in the snow but due to a warm winter, the seals have been spending more of their time in the water.
The only question is, how do the seals come up for air if the lake freezes completely over?