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Baby Moose Approaches Soldier In Forest, Then He Realises He’s Trying To Tell Him Something

By - 16th May 2018

During a series of military exercises in the forests of Estonia, one soldier was called to aid a large furry creature in the midst of a legitimate life-and-death situation.

Erich Jyri Prikko is a conscription member of the Estonian defence force. He was recently stationed with a unit near the shores of Lake Võrtsjärv. Last week, Erich decided to venture into the woods in search of (what he describes as) an “alternative bathroom”.

From there, he spotted something that caught his attention immediately.

Erich was taken aback by the whole encounter. But it wasn’t over just yet – the moose calf went a step further.

“He even tried to find something under my armpit,” Erich stated. “He might have thought that I have mammary glands.” It appeared that the baby moose wanted the soldier to act as his mother.

How would Erich Prikko help the moose calf in the long term?

Obviously, Erich could not fulfil the duties of a mother moose, but the hungry calf seemed comforted by his gentle presence nevertheless. Erich knew he had to help, so did his bit in another way.

“I called our veterinary office and let them know what happened,” Erich said. ” I wanted to do more for the small calf and wanted to ask what should I do.”

Prikko was told to return the calf to where he found it and monitor the situation. Because of Erich’s report, a vet was dispatched immediately to the scene with a milk bottle to feed the moose in case his mother didn’t return. Erich found it difficult leaving the calf in the forest alone but it all paid off.

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