Volunteer firefighters mount a determined rescue in order to give stranded moose a second chance at life.
The Shediac Fire Department received the call around 9 a.m. on December 10. It was from a concerned citizen living on the shores of the Shediac River, in New Brunswick, Canada, who had spotted a moose partially submerged in the ice an hour earlier.
Volunteer crews arrived shortly after, clad in wet suits, and a plan was devised to smash the ice between the shore and moose, using sledgehammers and axes, in order to give the animal a clear path back to dry land. Shediac RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources were also on site to offer assistance. All told, the rescue took approximately 90 minutes to complete, although the moose is believed to have been in the frigid water for at least two hours and a half.
Here’s a short clip showing the rescue in progress:
After making it back to shore, the animal was reluctant to work its way up the steep and slippery bank. Firefighters went back into the icy water behind her and were able to scare it up and out. It was last seen running out of sight into the woods.
It’s always heartwarming to hear about these animal rescues. Even more so around the Christmas holidays.