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Saving a Moose From Drowning in Ice

Occurred on February 1, 2017 / Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Info from Licensor: "Around 1PM, as my girlfriend and I had just finished our lunch, we looked out the window and saw that the ice looked strange a few hundred meters from the shore. About seven meters from a small island across the bay, it looked like someone had thrown a huge rock onto the ice, but through the binoculars we could see that "the rock" really was a moose struggling to get out of the water. It was evident that it was having problems. We didn't hesitate much, and got our clothes and ice-skates on and set out, bringing along an axe and an ice pick. It only took us a few minutes to get there and we didn't have much time to prepare mentally for the situation, but when we arrived we could see that the moose needed help getting out of the hole in the ice. When we came close, the moose first tried to get away from us, but soon settled down an lay resting with her head on the ice while her body shivered in the cold water. My girlfriend immediately started hacking away at the ice to try to get the animal ashore. At first we thought that it would suffice to perforate the ice, so that the moose could break it herself, but at that point it was too exhausted to even attempt it. In the end we had to break the ice entirely to make a path all the way to shallower water, where she could reach the bottom and heave herself out of the water. We took turns chopping, and as the ice was quite thin we also had to make sure to keep ourselves out of the water, since we didn't want to end up taking a cold bath with a 300 kilo moose. All in all, we were there a bit over 30 minutes before she got out. During those 30 minutes, we weren't at all sure whether she would make it or not, as she lay passive for long periods of time and sometimes didn't even react when we tried to scare her towards the path. Needless to say, it was a great relief when she was finally back on dry land and we knew that she was going to make it."

Location Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Occurred Feb-1-2017
Posted By Viktor Johannessen
Posted On Feb-3-2017