Erikas Plucas lives in Lithuania, and returned home one day to a curious sight. A baby moose was lying outside his gate, in an unfortunate condition. "She was starved, dirty, sad, her fur was infested with flies, and she was so terrified of me when she first saw me but was too weak to run away, to even get up," he told The Dodo.
He carried her inside while he figured out what to do. Local animal protection officers could offer no assistance, as there were no facilities to take care of wild animals. If he let her loose, she would certainly fall prey to hunters, as her mother most likely did. So he decided to name her Emma and nurse her back to health.
Second photo of Emma, taken sometime during her first week.
It was a long process, sometimes requiring feedings every four hours. He would even sleep next to her either in the barn or inside, so Emma would feel safe. Eventually she did, and gradually learned to go out into the forestâfirst with Plucas, and then on her own. "I remember those first nights that she didn't come home," Plucas said on The Dodo. "Oh, I barely slept. But she grew up, I had to get over it. After all, it was my goal from the very beginning."
Once it was time to release Emma, Plucas met with local hunters to implore them not to hunt her. As a result, some of them vowed to put down hunting rifles for good.
The best part of the story is now that Emma is full-grown, she still visits Plucas every day, and sometimes they even go for a swim together in a local pond.
She may come with a few more visitorsÂ in tow soon tooâPlucas suspects Emma is pregnant. "I'm her world now and she is mine," Plucas said in the article. "Sometimes I wonder was it me who saved her, or is it the other way around?"
Oh, and Emma has her own Facebook pageÂ too.
Here's another video about a moose being rescued after it fell through the ice in Canada