During military exercises in the forests of Estonia, a soldier saved a hairy citizen from a dangerous situation. Erich Jyri Prikko is a member of the Estonian defense force, and was recently placed in a unit near the shores of Lake Võrtsjärv. It was there that, last week, Prikko decided to venture into the forest looking for an “alternative bathroom.” At that point, he found a baby moose desperate for help.
Soldier discovers baby moose
“I heard some funny voices that reminded me a cat or a small baby,” said Prikko. “I noticed some kind of a cute animal walking towards me. At first he reminded me a dog, but pretty quickly I realized it was a small baby moose trying to tell me something.”
The moose was there alone. Not wanting to scare the animal, Prikko decided to sit down, hoping that the baby would return to his mother, wherever she was. But, instead, something wonderful happened…
“He slowly walked towards me,” Prikko said. “He was quite shy at first, but he finally decided that I seemed to be trustworthy and came very close to me.”
“He even tried to find something under my armpit,” Prikko said. “He might have thought that I have mammary glands.”
Man tries everything to save the animal
Prikko noticed that the baby moose was hungry, but glad he was no longer alone. It was then that the soldier decided to help another way. “I called our veterinary office and let them know what happened,” Prikko said. “I wanted to do more for the small calf and wanted to ask what should I do.”
Prikko was told to take the baby moose to where he had found it, and to monitor the situation. Because of the soldier’s report, a veterinarian came to the scene with a bottle of milk to feed the animal, in case his mother didn’t return.
It was hard to leave the moose alone – but the attitude was worth it. Prikko and his unit did their best to avoid disturbing the area so that the mother would not be frightened. The next day, Prikko woke up and saw that the baby was gone.
“We noticed very fresh big moose footprints that indicated that the small calf had been rescued by his mother,” Prikko said. As a soldier, Prikko considers it his duty to protect the animals as well – and in this case he has fulfilled that mission perfectly.
“I wanted the calf’s mother to find him and I was very satisfied when we found out that they really found each other.”
What a beautiful attitude… share if you think he has a big heart!
Source: The Dodo