Despite a valiant effort, a cow elk that fell through ice in western Canada succumbed from the situation.
Parks Canada staff received a call that the animal fell into the Bow River in Banff National Park. Crew members cut a path through the ice and pulled out the elk. They used blanks and even heaters to try to restore it to full health but it died some four and a half hours later.
“Elk face many natural hazards wildlife within Banff National Park, such as thin ice and Parks Canada’s policy is to minimize interference in natural processes,” Justin Brisbane, Banff National Park public relations officer wrote in a news release, as reported by The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon.
(Photo source: Banff National Park)