Pennsylvania gynecologist, fishing guide save baby moose from drowning
When Pennsylvania gynecologist Dr. Karen Sciascia booked her fishing trip to Montana with Four Rivers Fishing Company, she probably hoped to land at least one big fish. Instead, she ended up hauling in a baby moose.
Sciasia and guide Seth McLean were, according to The Missoulian, fishing on Big Hole River when they saw a mother moose and her very young female calf attempted to ford the fast-moving waterway.
“We were watching this adult female struggling back and forth, and we didn’t see a baby until we got close,” Sciascia said. “Mom kept pushing –- the current was pretty swift. The mother bolted and took off across the river. She was trying to get across the main portion of the channel, and even she struggled.”
When the baby moose tried to follow its mother, she was swept away in the swift current.
McLean and Sciascia took off after it. As recounted on Four Rivers’ Facebook page:
Continuing downstream Seth caught sight of the poor baby’s nose barely above the water on the hard edge of a seriously nasty current. Quoting “I couldn’t just let the poor thing drown right there in front of me!”
They rowed up along side the struggling calf, Sciascia told The Missoulan, “I scooped it up from the river under its front legs.” Though McLean told NBC Montana reporters that they didn’t want to get their smells on the calf by handling it too much, lest they cause her mother to reject her, the calf lay in Sciascia’s lap as they rowed back to where the mother had disappeared into the forest, heart racing and crying like a wounded puppy.
They released the calf when they reached the bank, and McLean told NBC, “The last time I could look back up there she (the mother) was up cleaning [the calf] off and walking back in to the trees with him.”
[Image courtesy of Four Rivers Fishing Company on Facebook]