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Russian Folks Save A Moose

51-year-old helicopter pilot Victor Zavalipich was flying over the resort at Lake Arantur 30 kilometers from Yugorsk, when he noticed a dark spot on the ice.

Going down below, he realized that he's looking at moose that fell in the freezing water. to their surprise the animal ever so lightly turned its head toward them. the female moose looked frozen and exhausted, as they estimated it was already in the water for a few hours.

An adult moose weighs about 600 pounds, and, standing on the fragile ice, it instantly collapsed. To keep her from dying, Zavalipich went to the helicopter pad for additional help, ropes, ties and belts.

They later returned to the scene. The pilot and his three passangers struggled to get the half a ton animal out of the water. The operation lasted about one and a half hours.

Victor and his friends tried to warm up the moose, rubbing and stretching it's limbs, and covering her with their jackets until she came to her senses. During this time they came up with a nickname - Manka. And then, releasing into the forest, tied her blue ribbon to identify among others.

"Who knows, perhaps one day we'll meet again, said the smiling rescuers".

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Submitted: 03/07/2013
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User avatar #3 - opa (03/08/2013) [-]
those feels were so russian, i cried vodka
#1 - littlezebo (03/07/2013) [-]
Meanwhile in America

Lots shoot it
User avatar #16 to #1 - flybager (03/08/2013) [-]

Pick one
User avatar #19 to #16 - cabbagemayhem (03/10/2013) [-]
Our wildlife conservation program is actually one of the best in the world.
User avatar #20 to #19 - flybager (03/10/2013) [-]
I was just talking about north america, US.
My bad.
User avatar #21 to #20 - cabbagemayhem (03/10/2013) [-]
So was I. It's called the North American Model, and it began when sport hunters organized and advocated wildlife preservation.
User avatar #11 - lmOldGreg (03/08/2013) [-]
I used to think Russians were cold heartless bastards until they learned you can record footage and post it online.
User avatar #9 - breakfastskippa ONLINE (03/08/2013) [-]
Russians are so ******* cool.
#15 - redhack (03/08/2013) [-]
User avatar #17 - sanditroll (03/08/2013) [-]
Oh look 3 guys strugling to get a 600 pound moose out of ice cold water.
Better get my camera !
#7 - flawlessbuller (03/08/2013) [-]
This is pretty cool and all, but they decided to land a helicopter on the same ice where a ******* moose broke through o.O?
User avatar #8 to #7 - simplygabriele (03/08/2013) [-]
It's not as much about the weight as it it is about how well dispersed it is. Just how you can crawl over ice that you'd easily break through if you tried to walk on it.
User avatar #14 to #8 - sasa (03/08/2013) [-]
I don't even think that he landed on water! I mean think about it, what you said is definitly right. but the weight of a Helicopter is held by 2 rather thin curves. So the Helicopter wold definitly break in too!
User avatar #18 to #14 - simplygabriele (03/08/2013) [-]
The problem with the ice probably was not about general thinness, though. The moose broke in next to a little marshy island. That's where the ice is weakest - there's the least amount of support since the edge usually just hangs as the water level drops and if there are any temperature dips, the ice starts melting around the edges.

I was also looking into the weights. The helicopter would be about the same weight as a male moose, but since it was a female, the helicopter was rather heavier. So much for that theory.
User avatar #6 - ooi (03/08/2013) [-]
This would make more sense if they were Canadian
User avatar #10 to #6 - AnonsForSure ONLINE (03/08/2013) [-]
one of the dudes' cap says Canada on it
User avatar #12 to #10 - towers (03/08/2013) [-]
And that hat most likely is made in China.
User avatar #13 to #12 - AnonsForSure ONLINE (03/08/2013) [-]
shhhh, dont ruin it
User avatar #5 - slowyourtroll (03/08/2013) [-]
cameraman go ******* help!!!11
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