Canadians are the type of hardworking people that will spend their free time getting a moose unjammed from a mud hole if those are the cards life deals them.
Last Wednesday, two rugged Canadian men, Maurice Valliere and Pat Greba, were called out into the bush northeast of Ontario to have a look at young bull moose that had become stuck in the mud.
According to the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the men attempted to contact the local Ministry of Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry to see if they could come help rescue the moose but no one responded, so they took the heroics into their own hands.
“It was about three or four miles from my home, so I thought it wouldn’t be much of a job to go over there and try and get him out.”
When they arrived on the scene, they realized that the situation was actually life threatening for the bull moose.
“He was buried right up to his head … he was fighting, and fighting, and fighting just to keep his head out of the mud.”
The men said that if it had been a female moose, it would have made pulling the animal from the mud more difficult. Because the bull had a sturdy set of antlers, they were able to put straps around them and pull the moose out of the mud with the strength of their All-Terrain-Vehicle.
In the photo, Greba is scene preparing to throw the strap around the moose antlers.
“I was hoping to try to go around his stomach and try and get him out, but he was in too deep.
There’s no way I could have jumped in there, so the only option I had was to go around his horns.”
Once the moose was pulled free, he laid on his side for a bit to catch his breath after an exhausting experience stuck in the mud. Then all of a sudden, the moose abruptly shot up to his feet and ran off into the forest with one of the straps still hanging from his antler.
“He scared me so I ran away, and he was stuck with one of the straps hanging there attached to one set of antlers.”
Even though they were able to save this moose from an excruciating experience and a near death situation, the two men don’t consider their actions to be anything special.
“We didn’t think it was that much of a big deal because everyone in town would have probably went out and helped. We all love our animals here.”
After the efforts to save the moose started causing a buzz on social media, they realized the had done something more special than they initially thought.
“It wasn’t a big deal, but I guess it turned out to be a little bigger deal than I thought it would be.”
The pictures were shared to Facebook by Bill Desolges:
“Thanks to my 2 prospector friends ( Moe Valliere(Pictured) & Pat Greba ) this moose is back on the loose. They worked hard to help rescue this moose from certain death. They were contacted by a friend (Helmer) about this situation.
They tried contacting MNR for over an hour with no response. This took place 6 km down Hwy 655 and 2 km into the bush. Pat used his Argo to pull the big guy out. Way to go guys!!!”
Thanks to my 2 prospector friends ( Moe Valliere(Pictured) & Pat Greba ) this moose is back on the loose. They worked…