Zoo keepers are amazed to see a massive elk save a marmot from drowning in a water tank at Pocatello Zoo in Idaho. 

Recently at the Pocatello Zoo in Pocatello, Idaho an event took place that stunned everyone. Zoo keepers became somewhat alarmed when they noticed that Shooter, a massive 10 ft tall male Elk was acting very strange in his water trough. Shooter is a very intimidating animal that has some of the zoo keepers there wary about going in with him. He has been know to puncture car tires when he is feeling a little upset.

What they saw was Shooter trying to put his whole head into the water but his antlers kept getting in the way. He then began dipping his hooves in the water trough. Finally after lowering his head in again, he emerged with a tiny marmot - a kind of large squirrel - clutched between his jaws. Zoo keepers were amazed as Shooter gently lowered the little marmot to the ground.

Zoo keepers realized that after some planning on his part Shooter had figured out to move the marmot away from the sides of the water trough so that he could grab the little guy with his teeth. The marmot appeared to be somewhat shaken and very wet but was okay as he scampered off. Luckily the whole incident had been captured on camera by one of the keepers of the softer side of the big and very intimidating Elk. Shooter had decided the marmot was in distress and decided to help him out. This amazing feat of animal altruism can be seen in the wonderful photos below.


Responses to "Massive Elk rescues a drowning marmot. (Photos - Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I Love It!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I believe that animals and handicapped children/adults (I have a handicapped son)know what true unconditional love is. Obviously this beautiful creature didn't think twice about helping this defenseless animal. We as humans should take lessons from the animals.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Blessings for the Oneness of All and the Circle of Life

  6. Anonymous says:

    we all use to get our lessons from the Animals yrs ago,,, if we treat them & watch them w/ love, compassion, kindness & equality,.,. then we can still learn from them,, Wtg Shooter!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Now if only someone would rescue the majestic Shooter from this prison.

  8. Anonymous says:

    lol, he's better off where he is... if he's set free i'd love a chance to invite him over as dinner... elk steak is way yummy...

  9. Anonymous says:

    Funny how the state of idaho wants to kill wolfs because they think they are killing all the big game ... Ha ha ha .
    Elk can take care of them selfs and as we just seen some of gods little creachers as well...

  10. Fili says:

    That is amazing !! How different animals help each other out.

  11. Anonymous says:

    go away knuckle dragger why are you even alive

  12. Anonymous says:

    Animals also have tender kind hearts that was so sweetgod bless this elk

  13. Anonymous says:

    For 15 minutes multiple zoo officials watched with a video and couldn't figure out there was a marmot in a not too large trough? Lame. Kudos to the elk. Thumbs down for the human peanut gallery.

  14. Unknown says:

    anamal are a lot like people , thy have feelings too ;)

  15. Anonymous says:

    The Creator made them just as he made us, we are the fallen. We know right from wrong, good from bad and make these choices. And are surprised when animals do what we call good. I belive we are the surprise. Gdiinwindaagaananik!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic how nature is!

  17. Anonymous says:

    We as people with such intelligence, surely can learn from nature! Amazing event, I loved it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    shooter should be in the wild he isnt very happy

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