Firefighters in the US state of Alaska handled an unusual request for assistance from wildlife officers after a moose got stuck in a basement.
Captain Josh Thompson of the Kenai Peninsula Central Emergency Services said the moose, believed to be a year-old bull, stumbled while having breakfast on Sunday morning near a house in Soldotna, about 240 kilometers southwest of Anchorage.
“It appears the moose tried to eat some vegetation near the window well of a basement window and fell into it, then fell into the basement through the glass,” he said. he declares.
The mammal was trapped, one floor underground.
An Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist managed to tranquilize the moose, but the animal was not completely unconscious.
“He was always looking around and just sitting there, he just wasn’t running,” Thompson said.
Once sedated, the next problem was getting the moose, which weighed at least 225 kilograms, out of the house.
Responders improvised by grabbing a stretcher that is typically used for tall human patients. Once the moose was in place, it took six men to carry the animal through the house and back outside.
Photos from the morning rescue show the moose looking unfazed, just staring forward between the two men carefully maneuvering the front of the stretcher down a hallway.
Thompson said the moose waited a while after taking him out until a tranquilizer reversal agent kicked in.
Biologists also treated minor cuts to the back of his legs from his fall from the window, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Once the sedative wore off, the moose apparently had enough of human company and headed back into the wild.
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