Winter is still in full effect in Saskatchewan, Canada. Snow covers the ground, temperatures remain below freezing, and almost everyone anxiously awaits the final thaw of the year.
For Raelene Prieb, the lingering cold provided an unforgettable moment that she managed to record on her phone.
Prieb was on her way home from work when she saw something brown and furry stuck in the snow.
As Prieb inched closer, she saw a porcupine lying on its back and desperately kicking its legs. Somehow the prickly porcus had overturned and couldn’t get back on its feet.
She watched for a moment to see if it were going to be able to flip over on its own, and when she realized it couldn’t, knew she had to step in.
“I’m going to have to help him, clearly. He’s having a really bad Monday,” she told the CBC.
Preib didn’t want to touch the porcupine with her bare hands, and instead fetched a window scraper out of her car and turned it over.
With the porcupine back on its feet, it attempted to scale a nearby snowbank only to fall on its back again.
Credit should be given to the porcupine for its determination. Moments after regaining its mobility, it fell victim to the snowbank that immobilized it the first time.
Fortunately, Preib stuck around and was able to flip him over for a second time. Then she used her window scraper to help clear a path for him over the snowbank.
“I didn’t know if I should kinda push him up [the snowbank],” Prieb said. “I didn’t really want to touch him.”
Slow and lumbering, the adorably helpless rodent finally makes his way up and over the snowbank that gave him so much trouble.
“I made you a spot,” she said repeatedly in the video, encouraging the porcupine to use the path she’d cleared.
Preib stopped at the same spot the following day to check on the porcupine, and to her delight, he was doing just fine.
With so much invested emotionally, Prieb hoped she’d see the porcupine doing well when she stopped by the same spot for the next few days. She wasn’t disappointed.
“So I came back to where he was in the trees, and he looks to be doing just fine,” Prieb said in a follow-up video. “He’s been eating the tree bark off of these trees.”
Much to Prieb’s delight, the porcupine ambled about the thinly wooded area as if all was right with the world.
“It felt amazing to just experience this creature so close and personal,” she told The Dodo. “And who wouldn’t help him get on his way!”
Had a Lorne Greene Wilderness moment on the way home from work today….
Posted by Raelene Prieb on Monday, March 19, 2018