Animals can be so unpredictable in the way they behave, you never know what can happen if a wild animal approaches you out of nowhere! That is what happened to a man in Estonia and the story will surprise you.
In the first days of May, a young man called Erich Jyri Prikko and his fellow soldiers were performing military exercises near Lake Võrtsjärv, in the southern part of Estonia. Erich is a conscription member of the Estonian defense force and one day he decided to venture into the woods let´s say to look for a “bathroom.”
Erich started to hear some weird sounds “I heard some funny voices that reminded me of a cat or a small baby,” Prikko said. “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”
He couldn´t believe that a moose calf was there all alone… The animal wanted to get near him. The moose was a bit shy and insecure, so Erich decided to sit down in order to show the animal that everything was okay and he wasn´t a threat.
“He slowly walked towards me, he was quite shy at first, but he finally decided that I seemed to be trustworthy and came very close to me.”
The moose calf felt very comfortable near the man “He even tried to find something under my armpit,” Erich said. “He might have thought that I have mammary glands.” Of course, Erich couldn´t feed him that way but he decided to help in another way since the mother wasn´t there and the moose was just a baby all alone I the woods.
It looked like innocent moose was hungry, lost and needed attention so Erich decided to ask a veterinary what to do. “I called our veterinary office and let them know what happened” “I wanted to do more for the small calf and wanted to ask what should I do.”
Erich was told to return the calf to where he was found and to monitor the situation. Because of Erich’s call, a vet went where the moose calf was and took a bottle of milk to feed the poor animal just in case his mother failed to return.
Erich and his colleagues did their best not to make noises or disturb the area, in case the calf’s mother would be spooked away. During the night after hearing a moose call, he got up and found the baby was gone…
“We noticed very fresh big moose footprints that indicated that the small calf had been rescued by his mother”
He felt it was his duty as a soldier to protect that animal. It´s great to learn about these stories and to see that there are good people out there!