She's the luckiest moose in Siberia after rescue from ice hole by helicopter pilot and passengers (Video - Photos)

 Just last week an amazing rescue took place in Siberia that was a matter of good timing, a lot of effort and a whole lot of compassion for a very pregnant moose. She had fallen into an ice hole on a frozen lake in Khanty-Mansiisk region of Siberia and was completely stranded much to her peril. A few more hours of being stuck in the freezing water would have most certainly caused her unfortunate death.

But as luck would have it out in this very remote area, a helicopter with 4 men aboard flew over the desperate moose and spotted her from the air. After taking a closer look they realized that she was still alive and in urgent need of help. So they made the decision to land and try to help her escape from her frozen death trap.

But first the pilot from the Uralhelicom helicopter manufacturing company went back to his base to get ropes and harnesses and then returned for the mercy mission of trying to save her. Then in a dramatic effort, three of the men began to try to pull her out while another one filmed the attempted rescue. This was not easy because the pregnant mother most likely weighed in at 600 kilograms (1323 lbs).

But with a lot of determination the men were gradually able to pull the moose out of the ice hole, one leg at a time. However her ordeal was not over with yet. The poor moose lay beached on the frozen lake, unable to move, apparently numb from an estimated 20 hours of being submerged in the water.

The men quickly realized that they had to get her moving. So the men first massaged the frozen limbs of the moose and then covered her with jackets to warm her. By this time the batteries in their camera had run out in the -7C weather so this part was not actually recorded on video.

At first she didn't move, but then as the helicopter left the moose ( whom the men had named Manka and had tagged her with a blue tie around her neck) she was able to stagger onto her feet. As they flew away she was seen walking away from the scene of her ordeal, in the Lake Arantur area.

Miraculously she was seen five days later, again from the air with her blue rope tie clearly visible. She appeared to be in good health. Inspired that they were able to save her, the helicopter team now wants to find Manka again and film the calf's birth later this year.

Watch the remarkable footage in the video below that shows the actual rescue and wonderful acts of kindness by the men who saved her life.

Photos: Uralhelicom 

VIDEO Saving the moose

Responses to "Extremely lucky Siberian Moose rescued from an Icy Death by 4 Men in a Helicopter"

  1. The truth is they drove her in , in the first place , by buzzing her!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Blessings, Love and Light to these wonderful men, Blessings Love and Light to Moose and her baby........♥

  3. Unknown says:

    Bless them for caring enough to get her out of the water hole!

  4. John says:

    Sure glad that the Men got her out of the Ice Cold Water alive. Some Stupid people would just Shoot her and say OH WELL. I hate HUNTERS anyway. Except when it's for putting FOOD on the Table.

  5. Thanks for saving her life and hopefully her baby too. I felt like I was helping to pull her out too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Bravo!!!!!!!!!Thank you for sharing!

  7. Anonymous says:

    What's nice to see is there are great guys everywhere ! To work like that in those conditions tells you a lot about these great people and others everywhere in the world just like them !

  8. bmfilip2 says:

    That is so wonderful that they saved her & her unborn calf. I'm glad they cared enough to help her. Thank you for saving her & sharing this video.

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  10. dynah says:

    What an amazing thing to do. And the one dude had a "Canada" hat on, lol.

  11. Unknown says:

    I used an online translator to write my message. I'm not Russian! But think it would be nice for them to be able to read our positive messages and hope others will do the same as I am doing in comments. Here goes:

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    Dear three men and pilot,
    I am so glad you were flying and each of you agreed to sacrifice your plans for that day to help this moose, Manka I have never thought of a moose as beautiful or special, but with all the love and care you gave the new mamma, she sure does seem like the most special moose. Thank you for your bravery and hard work with this wild and beautiful beast. So excited you spotted her again, too!
    Take care, my friends!

    Susie Gaitan (Texas, United States)
    Human Translation
    Уважаемый три мужчины и пилотный проект,
    я так рад вы летели и каждый из вас согласился пожертвовать ваши планы на этот день для оказания помощи этой муз, Manka я никогда не думал муза, красивый или специальных, но с любовью и заботой вы дали новый "Мамма мия, она, не хотел бы наиболее специального муз. Благодарю вас за ваше мужество и напряженную работу с этой дикой и красивое чудовище. Очень довольны тем вы можете увидеть ее еще раз, слишком!
    Будьте осторожны, друзья мои!
    СЬЮЗИ БАБЛ Гайтан
    (штат Техас, США)

  12. Anonymous says:

    God bless you for taking the time to save her!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your kindness and compassion. Was not an easy task that is for sure! :)

  13. Celeste says:

    What a compassionate act! Wonderful people, and blessings to them. To THEODORE who posted above: No, they did not drive her into the hole. The moose had been in the ice hole for a long time before they found her. Careful reading of the report will demonstrate.

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