On Sunday morning, Andrea Bock found herself stuck in traffic as she drove through Clam Gulch, Alaska. The mama moose and her calf were attempting to cross the busy highway, but they became separated when the exhausted calf struggled with getting over a guardrail. The mother got anxious for their safety.
Bock watches the baby moose from her car trying to locate the end of the guardrail. “The calf would get close to the end of the guardrail, but every time the mother would bring him back to the center, further away from the end. I think the reason the mother kept bringing him back to the center was that it was the section where there were no cars.” Bock explained.
Joe Tate also found himself stuck in his car after a fishing adventure. He, too watched the drama unfold and immediately took action to reunite the family he saw needed him most.
Bock could not believe what she saw. She said, “After nearly 30 minutes of frantic pacing back and forth and the line of traffic growing more and more by the minute, a gentleman from the northbound lane of traffic came and gave the calf some assistance. He waited for the right moment in time when the mom was on the other side of the highway. Traffic blocked her view as he quickly grabbed the calf and placed him over the guardrail with his mother.”
When a mother moose is stressed, it can be very dangerous to humans. When this happens the Moose may charge or stomp in defense of her babies. While it’s never a good idea to touch or interfere with wildlife, this situation called for fast action.
Fortunately, Tate and his friends had come up with a plan to distract the mom by driving in front of her with a trailer. Bock said, “At the time, I didn’t know the friends had devised a plan to block the view of the mother, so I was nervous for the guy. I thought he was just hoping the mom would stay out of sight long enough for him to grab her baby.”
When Tate approached the calf, it walked over to him gratefully. The little animal was so tired that he practically fell into his arms. “It was pretty cool,” Bock said.
The calf was reunited with his mother and crossed the road safely thanks to the brave act of Tate.
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