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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 (25)

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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Beautiful
Daniele Halle, Squamish Canada
24/03/2013 10:27
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Thank you so much Siberian news for sharing this wonderful news. Siberian news made me very happy.
Sertap Caliskan, Istanbul-Turkey
24/03/2013 02:27
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Thank you for helping. Love Hugs
Suheyla Caliskan, Istanbul-Turkey-
24/03/2013 02:18
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Thank you to these wonderful and compassionate men for helping this moose. Watching you save her also brought tears to my eyes. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for saving this animal. Dasvidaniya!
Jennifer Cohen , South Florida, USA
22/03/2013 09:22
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I am native and I eat moose meat. This video brought tears to my eyes because of the compassion the pilots had, and how they saved the female cow moose. Moose medicine is good for the spirit and the men who helped the moose will have that good energy come back to them x10. Blessings to those men. Love, light and laughter.
Shirley, Calgary , Canada
21/03/2013 05:25
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Now that's a really lovely video. Actually it also had its moments of light relief when they were trying to figure out how to get her out. If it made you cry it also let you laugh a little...!
Philip, UK
14/03/2013 14:48
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Brought tears to my eyes, what a wonderful story of kindness on the part of the Copter crew. people like that should get a medal.
marcel, nova scotia
12/03/2013 22:32
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What a beautiful story and such a happy ending. This wonderful act has saved one of God's beautiful creatures and the men were in the right spot at the right time - obviously inspired from above. This brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart to read and see the photos. Congratulations to all the team and may God richly bless them for their caring hearts.
Valentyna, Perth, Scotland
12/03/2013 12:06
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Three cheers for the helicopter team!
snowcat7, yellowstone park wyoming usa
12/03/2013 11:33
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