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Have You Seen This? Woman with ax saves moose from ice

Posted February 6
Updated February 7

THE ICY WILD — Choose any lake in Scandinavia in the dead of winter and dollars to donuts that lake is frozen solid enough for 3,000 continuous games* of neighborhood hockey.

While most Swedes can see the difference between frozen water and solid ground, that may not be the case for wildlife in the same area.

That may be why one particular moose found itself in an icy predicament in Sweden earlier this week when it fell through ice, several feet from shore. Unfortunately for this long-legged creature, it wasn’t able to fight its way back to land on its own. Fortunately for the poor creature, a group of people found the moose before it lost its struggle with the elements.

In the rescue video, a woman on skates approaches the moose and attempts to chop a path with a hand ax into the shallower part of the lake, so the moose can more easily wade to shore. (After all, trying to pull a 500 to 1,500 pound animal from a lake probably wasn’t a viable option.)

With compassion for their fellow creature, a little will and a lot of elbow grease, the seemingly small group of people is able to chop a path, then prod the moose toward a safer place. Even though you didn’t personally help with the rescue, it’s probably the most satisfying 2-minute video you’ll see all day.

Godspeed, newly freed moose...Godspeed.

*hyperbolic scenario and number made up by author for the fun of it

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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