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She's the luckiest moose in Siberia after rescue from ice hole by helicopter pilot and passengers

By The Siberian Times reporter
11 March 2013

Not only did they pull the hefty 600-kilogram pregnant cow out of an ice hole, but they massaged her frozen limbs back to life.

This is one lucky moose.... picture: Uralhelicom

The remarkable footage and pictures show the act of kindness by the people on board a helicopter flying over the Siberian taiga in Khanty-Mansiisk region.

They spotted the moose from the air and taking a closer look realised she was still alive and in urgent need of help. The animal had fallen through the thinning ice of a frozen swamp and was stranded. A few more hours and she would have perished. 

pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia

The three men gradually pulled the moose out of the ice hole, one leg at a time; this was not the end of it. The moose lay beached on the frozen lake, unable to move, apparently numb from an estimated 20 hours in the water. Pictures: Uralhelicom

First the pilot from Uralhelicom helicopter manufacturing company went back to his base to ropes and harnesses, then returned for the mercy mission. 

Dramatically, the three men - with another recording the rescue - gradually pulled the moose out of the ice hole, one leg at a time.

But this was not the end of it. The moose lay beached on the frozen lake, unable to move, apparently numb from an estimated 20 hours in the water. 

'Get her moving, she's got cramp,' says one of the rescuers. 

The batteries of the camera ran out in the minus 7C temperatures but the men first massaged the moose then covered her with jackets to warm her. 

At first she didn't move but then as the helicopter left the moose - by now named Manka and tagged with a blue ribbon around her neck - is seen clambering onto her feet and walking away from the scene of her ordeal, in the Lake Arantur area. 

pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia

Not only did they pull the hefty 600-kilogram pregnant cow out of an ice hole, but they massaged her frozen limbs back to life. Pictures: Uralhelicom

Five days later, she was seen again from the air - her ribbon clearly visible - and apparently in good health. 

Now the helicopter team want to find Manka again and film the calf's birth later this year. 

pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia


pregnant moose rescued Siberia

Watch the rescue operation: 


Comments (24)

Thank you! Such brave and strong men!
Mara Mai, Dunlap, TN
15/04/2014 20:39
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It is so great to see people saving and doing good. We need more good hearted people like them :)
Marlene, Sewell,New Jersey
05/03/2014 23:14
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This men are very kind ty for being very nice to this animal . you guys are my heroes :)
Patricia, USA Michigan
05/03/2014 21:03
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Great work men. This true mission of compassion warms the heart.
Tom, Massachusetts, USA
27/05/2013 12:04
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Bless these wonderful rescuers! They gave me the most beautiful birthday present today (75!) to believe again in the human race. Thank you! Thank you for the lucky Moose! ♥ .
Claudine Erlandson, USA
11/04/2013 17:56
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Heartwarming, total respect for these gentlemen
Angie Hollinshead, Perth, Scotland
11/04/2013 17:48
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Real men!!!! Respect!!!
Elena, Greece
11/04/2013 06:37
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I only wish that more people showed the same compassion regarding the millions of farmed animals worldwide. These animals live short, miserable lives and are then brutally murdered for human consumption. All animals want to live, they should be treated with love and respect. They are not ours to abuse, hunt, torment, test on and all the other atrocities that we inflict on them. What gives anyone the right to abuse an animal?
Helen Chave, Wales, UK
10/04/2013 22:08
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I only wish that people had this sort of compassion for the millions of farmed animals worldwide that are brutally murdered every day for human consumption.
Helen Chave, Wales, UK
10/04/2013 22:00
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Isten áldja meg azokat az embereket, akik egmentették az életét a jávorszarvasnak! Jó egészséget kívánok nekik, és hálás szívvel gondolok rájuk!!!!
Nagy Nikolett, Hungary
10/04/2013 00:12
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Thank you for being such wonderful men and for all the energy and compassion you you gave to this wonderful animal. xoxox
Diane Parrino, Northport, Maine USA
30/03/2013 00:46
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What wonderful, sweet, kind men for giving so much of thier energy and compasion to this great animal. Kisses and hugs to the men and to the moose!
Diane Parrino, Northport, Maine USA
30/03/2013 00:42
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The moose's three heroes! Thank you so much for the heartwarming rescue! May your tribe increase
for the sake of many more animals!
Mary Laureen Velasco, Tokyo, Japan
24/03/2013 18:42
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Wonderful to see! How these men tried hard until they're exhausted themself : really impressive and moved my heart. It shows so clearly that there is always hope as long as warm hearted people with love and respect for all sentient beings are among us: EVERYWHERE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANET! :-)
Kate, Cologne, Germany
24/03/2013 18:06
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I am Truley PROUD of my Heritage at this moment. The heart and soul of these Angels among us will forever warm my heart and bring tears of joy to me.
The still photo with the mans head resting on this mooses head is one I will never forget.
Bless all who rescued her, you see in her eyes how trusting she was and a bond was formed.
Shelley Stupnikoff, Foremost Canada
24/03/2013 10:53
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