Doctor Karen Sciascia and river guide Seth McLean fished a rare catch from the waters of Montana’s Big Hole River. At 25 pounds and roughly half as long as Sciascia was tall, it was certainly trophy size. It was also a moose calf. According to the Missoulian, the anglers first spotted the animal on dry land with its mother. The two were looking for a way to cross the river when the female moose dived into the water, not understanding that the current was too strong for the newborn.
“We were watching this adult female struggling back and forth, and we didn’t see a baby until we got close,” Sciascia said. “Mom kept pushing–the current was pretty swift. The mother bolted and took off across the river. She was trying to get across the main portion of the channel, and even she struggled.”
The mother managed to make it to the other side but the calf’s attempt was less successful. As soon as it stepped in the calf was caught by the strong current and began the long journey downstream. Its mother could only look on from the opposite bank. McLean was determined to reach the calf before it dropped out of sight, sending the raft after it. They managed to reach the animal struggling to keep its head above water, which was roughly the size of a large dog but with none of the swimming capability.