A moose has struck up a really unusual friendship with the guy who saved her life!
It was just an ordinary day for Erikas Plucas in Lithuania, when he spotted something laid down, in front of his entry door. The man knew there might be an injured wild animal, so he carefully approached it. When he got closer, a baby moose was looking at him terrified. The animal was around a couple of weeks old.
“The first sight of her was heartbreaking,” Plucas told The Dodo. “She was starved, dirty, sad[…]and she was so terrified of me when she first saw me but was too weak to run away, to even get up.”
Most likely, the poor little fella was orphaned, so Erikas took the little one in and started to feed her and took care of her. Meantime, he tried to reach out the wild animal services. Unfortunately, he was in shock when heard the advices.
“I was met with hostility and contempt. It is illegal, you should not do it, let nature take care of it’ was all I heard,” he recalls. But the kind man ignored them. Erikas grew up surrounded by nature, so he knew he had to help the poor animal.
Taking care of a wild animal baby is not an easy mission at all. But despite that, the man kept going. And what a beautiful, special bond the two have formed! “She was afraid of everything but me,” he said. As expected, Erikas gave her a name, he called her Emma.
When the time to release her back in the wild came, Erikas was so heartbroken. He started to threat Emma just like his own baby. However, he knew her place wasn’t there, but in the wild. But, the rescued moose remembered her adopting dad was the one who saved her life. And even now, she keeps coming back to visit him. Every single day!
“She turned my life upside down. Being a man, I became a mother to a moose. I’m her world now and she is mine,”Plucas told Bored Panda. “Sometimes I wonder was it me who saved her, or is it the other way around?”