ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Firefighters in Alaska received an unusual call for assistance this past weekend from Alaska Wildlife Troopers, but it wasn’t your mundane situation of a cat stuck in a tree.
“They were looking for help getting a moose out of a basement,” Captain Josh Thompson said with Central Emergency Services on the Kenai Peninsula.
The moose, estimated to be a 1-year-old bull, stumbled while eating breakfast Sunday morning near a home in Soldotna, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage.
“It appears that the moose tried to eat some vegetation near the window of a basement window and fell through it, and then fell through the glass into the basement,” Thompson said.
That’s where it was stuck, one floor underground.
A biologist from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game managed to tranquilize the moose, but the animal wasn’t 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 500 pounds (225 kilograms), out of the house.
Improvising a bit, the rescuers grabbed a large carry sheet that is typically 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.
Photos from the morning rescue show the moose unfazed, simply glancing ahead between the two men maneuvering the front of the tarp down a corridor, noting where they’re going.