Sometimes you can’t wait for help — you have to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself!
Jacob Hyde of Orlando, Florida, was visiting Estes Park, Colorado, with his friend Michael when they came across a startling sight. An elk calf was lying on the ground with his rear leg trapped in some wire fencing. Elk herds have been prevalent in the area ever since they were brought back from near-extinction in 1913. It’s not unusual to see herds roaming the breathtaking countryside, but finding a struggling baby animal stopped Jacob and Michael in their tracks.
The pair learned from fellow bystanders that someone had already called Wildlife Management for help, but the animal’s desperate cries were too much for them to bear. So, armed with only a pocketknife, Michael decided to take matters into his own hands. Jacob filmed the moment when he cut through the wire and freed the helpless calf, and the clip has gone viral.
Heroes come in many forms, and Michael is definitely one of them! Thank you for being brave enough to approach a wild animal with a powerful kick! Watch the dramatic rescue in the two videos below, and don’t forget to share this story.
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