Two Men Brave Raging Floodwaters To Save Foxes From Drowning

Two metres of water didn't stop a couple of Saskatchewan men from swimming through a field to save some stranded wildlife.

Colin Graham lives near the village of Welwyn, about 250 kilometres east of Regina, which was hit hard with rain on the weekend. Some areas got 100 to 200 millimetres. "All of our crops here are under a lake pretty much," Graham said.

Since this spring, Graham has been watching a family of foxes on his property. "[They] have been sitting out on this rock pile near our house for all spring," he said. "My sister wondered what happened to the foxes, so we drove out there and there was just one rock sticking out of the top of the water." On top of that rock, Graham noticed one young fox stranded on what he estimated was about eight feet of water.

 "One guy I was with, Jordan Olson, suggested that we should probably just go out there and swim and get it," Graham said. While the fox stranded on the rock pile was probably about 75 metres away, Graham and Olson dove in rescue the animal.

 "When I first got there, he had a little bit of energy and he bailed off the rock and into the water and tried to swim away," Graham said. "But I was able to catch up to him." Graham said the fox was not a lot bigger than a kitten. "We put it in the back of my truck and our house is right close there so we took it home, dried it off, and got it warmed up," he said.

 "Then we were driving later and we saw the mother out there so we took him back." "They're reunited," Graham said, laughing. "I saw them running around the other day."

Responses to "Two Guys Swam Through Flood Waters To Save Stranded Foxes (Rescue Photos)"

  1. Morgana says:

    God bless you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Wonderful Karma! <3

  3. Anonymous says:

    God bless you men for willingly putting your life at risk for that of another....a baby fox! Thank you<3

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank God for the existence of REAL MEN who help and protect animals!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    2 human angels saved a precious young fox life

  6. Anonymous says:

    Beautful karma

  7. Anonymous says:

    Men with Big Hearts , my Hat off for the two of you . Thank you for Caring

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much! The World needs more people like you! God bless you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    WOW!!! Not too many people that would do that...that water looks pretty rough! You guys musta been raised right, and had a good Mom and Dad. That makes me proud to be an American....and with all the stuff been goin on lately...it's been difficult to be a proud American. Gives me hope. Josie Sue

  10. Anonymous says:

    Unless these guys, and all the other commentators are vegetarians, you all must think that human life is worth more than animal life. In that case, swimming out there was an ill advised risk to that much more important life. I'll agree that the empathy they showed means they're likely very good human beings, but allowing your emotions to override rational consideration leads to bad consequences. If one of them had gotten an ankle snagged on debris, and had the fast moving water drag them under, they could have easily died.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well done - saving animals is worth a lot more than saving some of the evil humans of this world.

  12. Unknown says:

    Way to go fellow Canucks!!! Bless you both for helping the little one....Good karma will come your way!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    There should be some sort of international award for acts like this. In the country where I live (France) the redneck hunters' lobby is politically powerful and in the village where I live shooting foxes is an enjoyed past time. When asked why, te answer is that they are vermin. They get into hen coops: they are vectors of echinococcosis and rabies. The hen coops in question are flimsy in the extreme; if jellyfish were land animals, they could get into them. Echinococcosis is not something you would want to catch but there is none within hundreds of miles of where I live. Where there is, people are much more likey to catch it from their dogs or cats and foxes are not the only reservoir in the wild. Foxes can be vectors of rabies (and so can many other animals) but dealing with outbreaks by attempting to wipe out goxes never worked. Vaccination does (putting out fox and other carnivore/scavenger bait spiked with an oral vaccine). This cleared France of rabies years ago, no rabies around. So why persecute the foxes? They ate actually useful by controling rabbit and rodent numbers. Rabbits and rodents eat crops.

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  16. jim from uk says:

    God bless u

  17. Unknown says:

    Thankyou you both are earth Angels xx

  18. Unknown says:

    Great work guys, good Karma for you two....

  19. Tanja says:

    It's good to know that they could prevent a real famaily tragedy! Wow, it's wonderful.

  20. Unknown says:

    What a lovely story and wonderful men who saved the animals - Bravo

  21. Anonymous says:

    "Unless these guys, and all the other commentators are vegetarians, you all must think that human life is worth more than animal life"

    Actually, I believe all life is equal. The guys that rescued the foxes did indeed put their own lives on the line but it was 'their' life and therefore 'their' decision. Don't knock it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    It always amazes me that people will risk their own lives to save that of an animal and yet other people go out of their way to hurt and torture an animal. Is it the fact that they can see the animal helpless and struggling that makes them go out of their way to help?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Exactly right the Anonymous who claimed that the lobby is powerful and unfair, in the UK we have hunt supporters as Environment Chiefs and the livestock and hunting lobby is also powerful in America, this is a complete act of undemocratic weighting against the people who love wildlife like the very brave men who helped these animals, and take note it is countries that claim democracy and freedom that are doing this, how can they?

  24. Gazea says:

    Thank you you wonderful people. X

  25. Anonymous says:

    Respect to lovely people x

  26. True human brothers

  27. et Setera says:

    So beautiful. This brought tears to my eyes, one poor bedraggled and terrified little fox, with the two blessed souls who saved him! Will carry this in my heart, like a candle to light the darkness which 'They' want to keep us in.

  28. Anonymous says:

    These guys are real men. Glad there are still some around.Good news for a change, and I also say, God Bless you!

  29. Anonymous says:

    heartwarming.bless you both.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Makes you feel good to know there are still people who care. Nice work fellas.

  31. Alex says:

    Bless you guys, we still have good people in this world. You really are heroes.

  32. Dan in BC says:

    Awesome job! I recently lost a week off work after getting a nasty infection from a cat bite I received while saving the cat`s life from the jaws of a big dog. My co-workers all said I should have let the dog kill the cat but they were not there and that would be cowardly. Way to go fellow Canadians!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful story. I would have done the same myself!

  34. Edie says:

    Love this!!! We all need to live to the highest levels in whatever the situation. Take the high road. Be helpful when possible, be loveing and be harmless.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Good Canadian boys :) Thank you for being so thoughful and selfless.

  36. Unknown says:

    A truly beautiful act from two truly beautiful people. God bless you and the animals you saved.

  37. Debs says:

    You Guys are amazing. Thank you

  38. Unknown says:

    Thank you guys!!! Wonderful!!!👏🏻👍🏻

  39. Anonymous says:

    God bless both of you !! It takes a very special human being to risk your life for any of God'said creatures. This awesome deed will come back in good fortune one day when you least expect it. Trust me.

  40. Anonymous says:

    And your point is, buzzkiller?

  41. What good and kind guys you are as not everyone would have helped like you did so well done guys you are fantastic

  42. Anonymous says:

    Fair play guys, awesome.

  43. How wonderful to see that there are still good, brave and kind guys!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Nice work Chaps.

  45. Anonymous says:

    The world needs more people like you guys <3

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  47. Unknown says:

    Thank you! You are made of the fabric of the ones that save the World.Doing what your good conscience tells you to do, is the greatest thing. Heroes don`t think about the consequences when the time for action comes.

  48. Brightonbabe says:

    There are beautiful people left in the world.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so very much..... your bravery should be recignised

  50. Well done guys. We in Britain have a battle on our hands against fox hunters. We are trying to save little lives where 20% of our population would enjoy slaughtering these little fellas, 80% want to save them. Democracy? phooey. Any way, an incredibly heroic and selfless act.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Thank you

  52. Unknown says:

    Those men are awesome!

  53. Anonymous says:

    XXX What more can I say.

  54. DS says:

    "That makes me proud to be an American....and with all the stuff been goin on lately...it's been difficult to be a proud American. Gives me hope. Josie Sue"

    Ummmm, Josie Sue, these amazing men are Canadians, not Americans...

  55. Anonymous says:

    Nothing more attractive than men who care about animals. Well done guys! Awesome!! So glad you reunited them.

  56. Anonymous says:

    U guys rock.. super stars....

  57. Unknown says:

    thank you. may God bless kind hearted souls like you. The world needs more people like you

  58. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much - the mum fox and baby fox reunited safely - my heart goes out to these guys who risked their lives when sadly so many hooray henries want to chase them and watch them torn to shreds. You guys will be rewarded very soon for what you did - thank you from the bottom of my heart

  59. suzanne Girard says:

    I looove you!!! Guys!!!!

  60. Unknown says:

    Two earth Angels doing what they do best Thankyou so much For your kind beautiful hearts x

  61. pilvikki says:

    Fabulous job!

  62. To those who think the foxes lives arnt worth saving,well guess what there's alot of nasty ugly people in this world who definitely are far less worthy of saving.Don't be so damn selfish.

  63. Anonymous says:

    <3 Awesome people

  64. Well done lads. :)

  65. Unknown says:

    Great stuff guys, makes a nice change from reading about some one cutting off a Lions head or shooting an Elephant.

  66. Anonymous says:

    //"I saw them running around the other day."// Can't get better validation than that. You are an inspiration to believe there is hope for humanity.

  67. Unknown says:

    I would be nice if these guys know how many people are thanking them. From the photo's I see, this strom was no joke. People would save a human in a heartbeat, and should, and God Bless them always, but those who would take a chance to save an animal need a big thank you, as well. Thanks to anyone willing to help out a fellow living creature. You're awesome people.

  68. Anonymous says:

    A big Thank You for your brave and kind-hearted actions.

  69. Anonymous says:

    GOD bless you men this is what compassion is all about

  70. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! Someone who cares.

  71. love foxes and great job guys this world needs more people like them!!!!!!!!!

  72. Mila Ug-S says:

    Yes, God bless you good people.

  73. Unknown says:

    Good work guys, a good heart makes life so much more joyful. XX

  74. Unknown says:

    What an idiot who said human life is more worth than another. Every life is sacred. Who said that some life is more worth than another? Aaaah I remember a painter from Austria who considered some lifes less worth than others. Thanks for saving the fox, btw!

  75. CPT says:

    They better watch out! The woman on “Life Below Zero” said foxes can gang up on you and take you down!

  76. jakdawg says:

    From an animal friend in the U.K. Well done & Thank you.....

  77. Big Thanks from Bonnie SCOTLAND you guys truly are amazing risking your own life to save this baby fox and then going back to see if you could find the rest of the family. A few people could learn a thing or two from you both about compassion and empathy towards others.

  78. Unknown says:

    To me, those men are heroes and deserve a medal. So happy for the little foxen,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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