Alaskan firefighters help rescue a moose trapped in a house ” Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskan firefighters received an unusual request for help from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers this past weekend, but it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill cat-in-a-tree situation.

“They were looking for help getting a moose out of a basement,” said Captain Josh Thompson of the Kenai Peninsula Central Emergency Services.

The moose, estimated to be a year-old bull, had a misstep while eating breakfast at a home in Soldotna, about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage, on Sunday morning.

“It looks like the moose tried to eat some vegetation on the window well of a basement window and fell in and then fell through the glass into the basement,” Thompson said.

It was stuck there, one floor underground.

A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was able to calm the moose, but the animal was not completely unconscious.

“He was still looking around and sitting there, he just wasn’t running around,” Thompson said.

Once sedated, the next problem was getting the moose – which weighed at least 225 kilograms – out of the house.

Responders improvised a little and snagged a large transport tarpaulin, which is normally used as a stretcher for larger human patients. Once the moose was in position, it took six men to carry it through the house and back out again.

Photos from the morning’s rescue show the moose unperturbed, simply peering between the two men maneuvering the front of the tarp down a hallway, watching where they go.

Thompson said the moose only hung out for a while after they were outside until an antidote to the tranquilizer kicked in. The biologist also treated minor wounds on the back of the moose’s legs that fell through the window, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Apparently, when the sedative wore off, the moose had enough human company and wanted to go back into the wild.

“He got up and took off,” Thompson said.

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