One lucky bull moose in Spokane, Washington, is going to have a Merry Christmas, after all. Things looked pretty grim Dec. 5, though, when he somehow horribly entangled his antlers in a swing set, UPI reports (tinyurl.com/mooseknot). The more he struggled to free himself, the worse the situation became.
Thankfully, the homeowner called Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, who sent Wildlife Conflict Specialist Kyle Westerman and Wildlife Officer Jolynn Beauchene to the rescue. As the first order of business, Officer Beauchene shot the 900-pound moose in the rump with a tranquilizer dart.
“We had to wait for the perfect shot,” Westerman said, “because you want to make sure the dart goes into a big muscle mass.” As soon as the moose was safely napping, they got to work cutting off the chains wrapped around the moose’s antlers. Just for good measure, they tagged his ear before they woke him up and let him loose. A still shot from a WDFW video is shown.
It was a relief to learn that the next day the moose was just fine — and avoiding the swing set.