On Sunday morning, Andrea Bock was traveling through Clam Gulch, Alaska, when traffic came to a halt.
A mother moose and her youngster attempted to cross the roadway, but the weary calf struggled to climb over the railing. The moose was becoming concerned after being separated from her baby, and traffic was building up on the busy route.
Bock remained for almost 20 minutes in her car, watching the calf try to locate the end of the railing. “The calf would come close to the end of the guardrail, but the mother would always bring him back to the middle, further away from the edge,” Bock said to The Dodo. “I believe the mother kept bringing him back to the middle since that was the only part without automobiles.”
Joe Tate was similarly stranded in his car on his way home after a fishing excursion with buddies. He, too, was watching the drama unfold and decided to take action to bring the family back together.
Bock was astounded by what she was witnessing.
“After over 30 minutes of frenetic pacing back and forth and the line of traffic expanding by the minute,” Bock claimed, “a guy from the northbound lane of traffic came and assisted the calf.” “He waited until the proper moment, when the mother was on the opposite side of the roadway.” As he immediately snatched the calf and tossed him over the guardrail with his mother, traffic obstructed her view.”
A stressed moose, especially one carrying young, may be extremely deadly to people. If a mother moose feels threatened, she may attack, stomp, or kick to protect her young, so keep a safe distance. While interfering with wildlife is never a good idea, this circumstance demanded immediate intervention.
Tate and his buddies, fortunately, had planned a strategy to distract the mother by driving a trailer in front of her.
“At the time, I had no idea the companions had organized a plot to obstruct the mother’s view, so I was anxious for the guy,” Bock said. “I assumed he was just hoping the mom would leave him alone long enough for him to steal the baby.”
When Tate approached the calf, the little animal was grateful for the help. “The calf looked so tired he practically walked into his arms,” Bock said. “It was pretty cool.”
Thanks to Tate, the calf was reunited with his mother, and the small family was able to cross the road safely. “I realize and know that everything might have gone wrong,” Tate told KTUU. “But it worked out in the end, and it was worth the risk I took.”
Originally published on thedodo