This woman was driving to work when she chanced upon a moose and her baby. Little did she know that she would be involved in a joyful animal rescue when she stopped to photograph the duo!
Jodean Howie from Saskatchewan, Canada, was heading to work on June 7, when she stumbled upon an unusual sight. She saw a moose and her calf in a field by the road while driving to a potash mine northwest of Rocanville, Sask. Thinking this was an incredible moment to capture on camera, she pulled her car over to the side of the road.
But, as Howie rolled down her window, she heard cries of dismay! She spotted a hoof sticking out of the grass near a barbed-wire fence—another baby moose was stuck in the wire!
She was careful enough to make sure that the mother moose was not going to charge at her before getting down to rescue the trapped calf. She approached the distressed animal and noticed that “her left leg was tightly wound between two twists.”
“It looked like she might have tried to jump through the fence and then slipped through it so it twisted it,” Howie told CBC Radio.
The trapped calf was not flailing around and looked exhausted.
“I stroked it’s face and said your worries are over,” she wrote about the encounter on a Facebook post.
Howie tried to release the calf’s leg from the taut wire but in vain. Fortunately, she then realized that the wire was actually attached to a gate.
“I quickly undid the gate and laid the gate down, which gave some slack to the wire, and opened up the wire and pulled out her leg,” she said.
As Howie successfully separated the twisted wires, the trapped baby moose “bounced right up” and scampered off happily to rejoin its mother and sibling, who were “looking on from a distance.”
“Love this story…. how lucky am I!!!” Howie wrote.
Howie continued her journey to the mine. At her workplace, her co-workers, who learned of her adventure, were as happy as she was.
“They’re just like, ‘Oh my God, you’re a hero, you’re a moose whisperer,’” Howie said.
“In a nutshell, it was a gift to me,” she said.