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Amazing Stories on Animal Behavior, Two of Two

July 25, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Marna Ehrech for this article.  See http://www.sott.net/articles/show/230950-Elk-and-safety-Zookeepers-stunned-as-elk-rescues-drowning-marmot-from-watery-death where you can see the amazing photos of this rescue.

Elk and Safety: Zookeepers Stunned as Elk Rescues Drowning Marmot from Watery Death

Daily Mail

Fri, 01 Jul2011, 08:07 CDT

Keepers at Pocatello Zoo, Idaho, were worried when they noticed Shooter, a four-year-old elk, acting strangely at his water trough.

Baffled, they watched as the animal – who is so massive some keepers are afraid to even enter his enclosure – tried to dip his hooves into his drinking trough, before attempting to dunk his whole head in the water.

But they were amazed as 10ft tall Shooter lifted his head from the trough clutching a tiny marmot – a kind of large squirrel – between his jaws.

The gentle giant placed the hapless rodent down and nudged it with his hoof, as if checking it for signs of life, before calmly watching it scamper off into the bushes.

Please click here to read the full article: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/230950-Elk-and-safety-Zookeepers-stunned-as-elk-rescues-drowning-marmot-from-watery-death

Zoo staff caught the entire rescue on camera. ‘It really was amazing,’ said Kate O’Conner, Pocatello’s education co-ordinator.


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