This baby moose was rescued by 2 kayakers after getting stuck
A kayaking trip turned into a rescue mission when two Calgarians rescued a baby moose from rough waters last week.
Calgary firefighter Scott Linton said The stretch He was kayaking on the Sheep River near Turner Valley on Monday when it all fell apart.
Linton and his friend Benny Clark were paddling in the morning when they spotted the little moose on a rocky plateau above the river.
“There was no other way he could get there unless he had already swam downstream, so yes you could tell he was wet and you could even see him shaking. where we were, ”he said.
It was then that the two men rushed to the opposite side, jumped out of their kayaks, and began to devise a plan to help the small animal.
He says they realized the moose had to go back into the river to get to safety on the other side. Their only concern was that if he fell back in the water, they wouldn’t be ready to save him.
“I was looking downstream just like, ‘OK, where exactly are we on the river’… and downstream about a hundred yards, that’s kind of where the rapids start again,” he said. declared.
But in deliberating on the next steps, the moose fell off the plateau and into the river.
“That’s when I grabbed the rope and ran out,” Linton said.
“Ideally we would have tied my end to me, but it was too quick for that… so I just hung on for a little bit of support and ran.”
Fortunately, the Calgary firefighter was quick enough and was able to dive waist deep into the water to get the moose to safety on the other side.
“I didn’t really feel in danger,” he said.
“She didn’t weigh much and she didn’t fight much. I think she was exhausted and cold from her previous swim no matter when it was.”
Once the moose arrived on shore, Linton said he examined it for possible injuries before it left.
“I feel lucky to have been there and to have been able to help,” he said.
“I’m sure firefighting has definitely played a role in it. You just see something that needs to be fixed and you try to fix it. That’s kind of the role.”
With files from The Homestretch.