SHEDIAC, Canada –This moose needed a little help to get loose.
Canadian firefighters in the New Brunswick town of Shediac had to apply their ax skills to free a female moose that had fallen through the ice of the Shediac River.
It took half a dozen volunteer firefighter to chop a channel through the frozen river to allow the stranded creature ready passage back to shore.
The animal had gotten trapped sometime early Saturday morning when temperatures dipped to about 3 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius). Temperatures had been higher in the days leading up to the animal’s plunge into the river so the ice wasn’t thick enough to support its 500 pounds of weight.
“There was a few holes between it and the other side of the shore, so it looked as if she had tried to cross and went through a few times and was able to get part ways across, but probably got tired by three-quarters of the way across and that’s where we found her,” firefighter Julien Boudreau told Canada’s Global News.
After the firefighters broke holes in the ice, the moose was able to stand on its own feet on the bottom of the lake, and after waiting about 20 minutes to regain her strength, bounded back to shore and into the woods.
The department says it has freed several deer from similar predicaments over the years, but never a moose.