Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Two Brave Men Freed Distressed Moose Trapped In Tree Swing.

Antlers Are Vital

Antlers Are Vital

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It takes male moose about 5 months to fully develop their much-needed antlers, which they start growing right after they're born. It might be surprising to know that starting in early December, moose typically shed and grow a pair of new antlers every year. Unbeknownst to Leif and Pentti, they had stumbled upon this gigantic moose on December 6, which meant that this poor creature's antlers were at a mid-growth developmental stage. So the poor thing didn't really know how to calculate spaces yet, which is how it ended up getting trapped among the branches. He was in a pickle and they really wanted to help. But what were they supposed to do now?

How To Help

How To Help

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Leif and Pentti just stood there for a while, not knowing how to proceed, as they watched the poor creature go back and forth, trying to yank its antlers in an attempt to free itself from the rope. Nothing seemed to work, in fact, with every move it made, it seemed to get even more tangled up in the swing. The two men knew they needed to step in fast, as the moose was now getting desperate. If the moose were left to fend for itself, it would've ended up starving. But they knew helping him would be risky.

Strong Creatures

Strong Creatures

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Moose aren't considered predators, but that doesn't mean they're docile creatures. Particularly when it comes to their interactions with human beings. If they feel threatened, these 1500 pound beasts could cause some serious damage. And the moose was already visibly upset, as it was anxiously trying to free itself and was growing tired of being trapped. Despite noticing that the animal was really agitated and disturbed, the two men decided to risk their lives in order to help the creature.

Hands On

Hands On

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Finally, the men figured out a plan. First, they went back to Pentti's house, which was pretty close. They grabbed a pruning saw, which is basically a hand saw they use to trim shrubs, plants, and wood. If their plan worked, they'd be able to free the poor helpless creature. But they wouldn't be able to just walk up to the moose and get too close. Leif's plan was to attach the saw to a pole and make his way around the other side of the tree. But the second the moose saw him, he charged.

Fear And Tension

Fear And Tension

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When Leif saw the animal charge towards him, he closed his eyes and flinched. Luckily, the animal wasn't able to get too close, as the swing rope stopped him from moving forward. Now, all he had to do was wait until the animal regained his composure. Then he would give it one more shot, reaching across with the hand saw. But the situation was far more complicated than he had expected.

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