The 2014 polar vortex has not only been making people miserable, but animals too. Fortunately, many heartwarming stories are emerging of people making the extra effort to lend a hand to those critters in need. In one case, a Nashville goose was desperately stuck in a partially frozen lake. Without help, he surely would have perished.
Kudos to the wonderful man who went out on the ice with his kayak and released the poor goose from its potentially fatal predicament (see video above.)
In another story, a yearling was found frozen to the ground in Utah, but thankfully rescued by a watchful citizen who noticed the mother in distress. The yearling (Elsa) was in such bad shape that she was given only a 20 percent chance of survival, but this spirited young horse fought against the odds and is now recovering wonderfully. Her mother was also rescued and both were put in the care of Dust Devil Ranch and Sanctuary for Horses. When mother and daughter were reunited, they immediately began nuzzling each other’s noses.
Since arriving at the Ranch, Elsa has been under 24-hour care, but reportedly has also been alert, smacking her lips for water, pointing at her bucket with her nose and kicking on the ground. Her current caretaker, Ginger Grimes, exclaimed that despite her poor condition, ”once she was up, she didn’t want to lie down again.” You really cannot blame her, after suffering through the experience of being literally frozen to the ground.
Ginger named the mother-daughter duo, Anna and Elsa, after the queen and princess in the new Disney film, Frozen.
To get updates on Elsa and her mother, Anna, visit the Facebook page for the Dust Devil Ranch.
With Jack Frost nipping at everyone’s nose, please keep an eye out for animals in distress, whether wild or domestic. If you see a wild animal in distress, it is best to call your local police department or animal control services. If you see a domestic animal in distress, do what you can safely and otherwise, once again call the police or animal services.
Pet and livestock owners who are not actively protecting their pets from this historic cold spell can be arrested and or fined, but it is usually up to good, caring people to call attention to the authorities of animal endangerment situations. This week, dozens of stories, including the two retold here, are flooding the internet of pets and livestock being successfully rescued, confiscated, and their negligent owners fined and/or arrested.
Do you know of other happy-ending winter rescue stories that will warm our hearts? If so, please share!
* The photo of Elsa was provided by the Dust Devil Ranch and Horse Sanctuary. Donations to Dust Devil Ranch are being solicited to help pay for the care of Elsa and Anna. To donate, please visit their website and click on the donate button. The Dust Devil Ranch and Horse Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 organization and thus donations are tax-deductible*