Two retired prospectors were hailed as heroes after risking their lives to save a desperate moose from death. A few days ago, Maurice Valliere and Pat Greba, both 70 years old, rescued a trapped in a swamp in the woods of Timmins, Ontario. Helpless moose.
When Valliere was with him, an 82-year-old friend of his called to tell him that he had encountered a moose deep in the forest. The man tried his best to help the poor animal but to no avail. Valliere initially tried to contact the Northern Ministry of Development, Mining, Natural Resources, and Forestry by phone, but unfortunately, no one answered his call. So the brave man anxiously took the matter into his own hands, he called Greba, and they rushed to save the desperate animal.
The two knew that it could be critical to the moose at any time, so they hurriedly searched for the trapped animal. They just jumped on an all-terrain vehicle and headed to the place where their friend took them. However, they finally found out, and it took nearly two hours!
“I was at home and I got a call from a buddy saying he’s in the bush taking soil samples and he’s found a moose 20 feet from the road,” Valliere told blogTO. “When I got to the trail I couldn’t see anything,” says Valliere. “Then I looked to the side and all I saw was a head. I said ‘Holy Jesus, this thing is really stuck! He’s not stuck, he’s buried!’”
The men immediately realized that things were much more complicated for this confused moose that barely raised its head. So they first tried to calm him down and then tried to pull him out.
“I felt so sorry for him. His mouth was full of mud and his eyes were full of mud,” the man said.”He started to fight back, tried to reach me with his legs, but couldn’t reach high enough.”
With the help of Valliere’s dog, a white Labrador, the trapped animals finally calmed down, and the determined man can finally rescue him!
“The dog just went up to the moose and laid there and put his head down, and the moose looked at the dog and was like ‘oh, okay,’” Valliere explained. “He must have realized we were there to help him, or he was just exhausted, but he calmed right down.”
Greba took time to take some dramatic rescue photos, which were later shared by another friend of theirs, Bill Desloges, on Facebook. These photos show how difficult it is for this poor animal and two brave men to save him. Finally, the two heroes announced that they would be happy to help the poor moose.
“I felt good that we got him out, ’cause I felt so sorry for him. He was struggling and struggling and just couldn’t do it,” the brave men said! However, the men said there were they this time, but anyone from Timmins would have helped the moose, and they will certainly help any other animal that finds itself in need. “We didn’t think it was that much of a big deal because everyone in Timmins would have probably went out and helped,” Valliere said. “We all love our animals here.”