ALLENSPARK, Colo. -- A young moose was rescued after it fell into a well on Tuesday, the Allenspark Fire Protection District said.
Jeremiah Oldham, a member of the volunteer fire department, said a call was made after the moose was found stuck in the well.
“I expected the moose to be in a dry well 10 feet down in the ground or something,” Oldham said.
Instead, one of the rescuers had to hold the moose’s head above to water to keep it from drowning.
“We decided just to reach under and get slings underneath her,” Oldham said.
They used a series of ropes and webbing to tie her up and pull her out. They were able to free her on the second pull. The rescue took 13 minutes and they came up with the rescue technique on the fly.
“This is a scenario we’ve never discussed. We train for all kinds of things that can possibly happen. We do a wide variety of training but this has not been covered until now,” Oldham said.
According to rescuers and witnesses, the moose remained calm during the rescue except for near the end when she began shaking and shivering. No one, including the moose, was injured.
“In the six years I’ve been on the department, that is one of the most rewarding calls that I’ve been on,” Oldham said.
Once the moose was free, he said she immediately ran off into the forest. Her mother was reportedly spotted in the area a couple of hours later.
The volunteer firefighters said it is a call they will never forget for the rest of their careers.
“That was probably the coolest part of it. I’ve been close to moose a lot but I’ve never been touching a live moose,” Oldham said.
Over the weekend, a cow and calf moose fell into a well that was left unsecured in Rollinsville.
The calf was found on top of its mother. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers used catch poles and a tow strap to save the calf, but the cow died.
The calf was relocated into a drainage that has good moose habitat, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.