Sunday, July 26, 2009
Valdez- Moose Calf Drama
The scenario started when the Camera Gear Lackey and I first observed a cow and her calf on two different sides of a small island that was located in the middle of a raging river, on our way into Valdez, AK. It was late in the evening and not much light for photography.The day was unusually warm and causing the river water to be high and run fast due to glacier melt.
The pair were separated because the cow was checking for the best place to cross the river. When she located the best spot, she came back and beckoned the calf to cross with her.
Off they went together for the adventurous crossing.
As they started across, there was plenty of sturdy river bottom beneath them.
But, as they started to cross the main stem of the river, both lost their footing and the current took them quickly down stream.
The cow, due to hear long legs, was able to find a footing and get to the shallow water. The calf, on the other hand, was really struggling. We didn't think the little fellow was going to make it. The cow stayed with the little guy, following along, as the current took him down stream.
To our relief, the little calf eventually found some solid footing and it appeared that he was going to be able to make it. Mom was anxiously awaiting.
The reunion was a great one, with mom rewarding the calf with a kiss on his joyous arrival on solid river bottom. The calf was a tad unsteady on his feet after the ordeal. Then they both causally sauntered off into the woods.