Thanks to the actions of a caring motorist in Alaska, a vulnerable moose calf was reunited with its mother. When he saw the sobbing young moose straining to cross the highway guardrail while driving home, he intervened and saved the day. The other drivers captured the lovely scene on camera!
Andrea Bock was traveling on a highway near Clam Gulch, Alaska, when traffic halted. She observed the scenario and even recorded it on her iPhone. She quickly discovered it was because of a mother moose and her kid. When the pair attempted to cross the road, the small calf became trapped.
The highway guardrail was just too tall for the tired calf to cross and it got separated from its mom.
“The calf would get close to the end of the guardrail, but every time the mother would bring him back to the center, further away from the end,” the woman explained to THE DODO. “I think the reason the mother kept bringing him back…was because it was the section where there were no cars.”
It was nearly half an hour since the poor animal was struggling top make it through, and things weren’t getting any better, until one of the drivers decided to the matter into his own hands!
Joe Tate and his buddies were returning from a fishing trip, and at first they didn’t know what was causing the traffic bottleneck, but they soon discovered it. It was then that they decided to provide a hand, but they all understood they had to go with caution, as a distraught moose, like the mother moose, could be highly deadly, especially if someone approached her little one.
Andrea subsequently commented on Facebook, “After about 30 minutes of frenetic pacing back and forth and the line of traffic building by the minute, a guy came and offered the calf some aid.” “He waited till the mother was on the other side of the roadway at the correct time. As he immediately snatched the calf and tossed him over the guardrail with his mother, traffic obstructed her view.”
Joe, with the aid of his buddies, managed to save the calf by carrying it into his arms, over the railing, and reuniting it with its worried mother!
of time.” I wasn’t an expert by any means, but I knew what to do and what not to do, and I handled it as best I could.”
Although Joe’s brave act saved the calf’s life, wildlife experts strongly advise against following in his footsteps since things can swiftly turn around. Animals, on the other hand, may be quite hazardous around their young, and if a baby animal comes into touch with a person for too long, it may be rejected by its mother. Thankfully, everything went fine this time.
“It was calculated. It was something we kind of looked at and talked about before we did it. It worked out for the best,” Joe said. “It could have gone bad, and I understand and know that. But it did go for the best, and it was worth the risk that I took.”
Joe said they initially thought to call the Alaska Wildlife Troopers or the Department of Fish and Game, but he feared it would have been too much for the calf, and it probably would have been too tired until the rescue would have arrived.