Fishermen Think They Found A Seal Floating On An Iceberg, Then They Take A Closer Look
Life at sea brings all manner of unbelievable experiences and challenges, with the proximity to the beauty and power of mother nature offering a opinion of the world that too few of us ever see.
Fishermen Mallory Harrigan, Cliff Russell and Allan Russell were out a few miles off shore from Labrador, Canada lately when they came across something quite extraordinary. Something was atop a small, mushroom-shaped iceberg, drifting helplessly out to ocean, and it wasn’t a beast designed for swimming. It was a starving and panicked Arctic fox, wet through and under attack from circling seagulls.
“It had likely got stuck out there looking for a dinner, ” Mallory Harrigan told Bored Panda . “Cliff says he thinks he got out there to check out a bit of meat on the ice and it broke apart, sending him out to sea.”
Knowing that the poor fox was doomed to a terrible fate, Mallory and her crew-mates decided that they had to intervene and do what they could to try to save its life. They pulled their boat alongside the iceberg, and somehow managed to coax the fox aboard. “He was trying to run away from us at first we had a really hard time getting him aboard, ” Mallory told us. “We had to break the ice he was on and get him with the dipnet. He opposed and fought to get away until he literally couldn’t move anymore.”
Having eventually succeeded in bringing him aboard, the crew made a makeshift bed for the frail and vulnerable being and began to nurse him back to health. “We scooped him up and he retreated to the corner. He was too weak to do anything when we brought him aboard, he slept most of the way! When we came to he was a bit nervous but once we fed him he was pretty calm.”
“He wouldn’t eat at all for the first 5 or 6 hours. We gave him chips and crackers but he didn’t want anything until he woke up and we fed him a tin of Vienna sausages.”
Back on dry land the grateful fox was released back into its natural habitat, well rested and with a belly full of sausage. A simple act of kindness from the crew had saved its life, and Mallory says that she still find it around from time to time, investigating some old dog houses in William’s Harbour. No more unscheduled sailing trips for this lucky guy! Scroll down to check out how it all unfolded below, and feel free to share your own animal rescue narratives in the comments!