Watch firefighters rescue stranded moose from icy river
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:13 PM - A young moose was rescued from the Shediac River in New Brunswick Saturday morning after it fell through the ice.
The Shediac Fire Department responded to the incident around 9:45 a.m., according to CBC. About six firefighters used axes to break open the ice and create a path to the animal. Shediac RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources also assisted.
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After about an hour, the moose was successfully led through the open water to the river bank.
CBC reports it is the second time in three days a wild animal has been rescued from thin ice. A young deer was saved on Thursday after it was stranded on the Saint John River near Woodstock, N.B.
Several deer have died recently while trying to cross the Miramichi River in New Brunswick.
Many are attempting to get to a deer yard where the animals spend most of their winter. However, thin ice has made for difficult travel as the deer either fall through or injure themselves.
Unfortunately, three deer were put down on Thursday morning.
"When they splice, their legs go to the sides and do a lot of internal damage, and they can no longer walk after that," New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development biologist Eric Sullivan told CTV Atlantic. "There's nothing we can do for them, even if we get them ashore, there's so much damage done that there's nothing we can do, we have to dispose of them."