Mallory Harrigan and her colleagues saw something unexpected last week while aboard a crab-fishing boat off the coast of Labrador, Canada. There were a very large mushroom-shaped iceberg approximately 4 miles from shore, and it had an unwary passenger trapped atop it.
Harrigan told The Dodo, “We believed it was a baby seal.”
They took a closer look after that.
The animal riding the iceberg turned out to be a non-seafaring species.
It turned out to be an Arctic fox, and he was in serious peril.
Rather than abandoning the fox to his destiny, Harrigan and her colleagues decided to try to assist him. In their boat, they approached the iceberg and wrangled the terrified castaway to safety.
“Even though he battled it, we were able to get him aboard,” Harrigan said. “We felt we were his only hope of survival because the winds had changed and were pushing all of the ice out to sea.”
While the fox had ample reason to lose hope, it had suddenly been restored.
Harrigan and the other odd fox rescuers hastily improvised a makeshift bed aboard their boat and fed the fatigued animal to help him regain his stamina and warmth.
They then embarked on a joint voyage back to dry ground.
When they returned to the harbor, Harrigan and the crew fed the fox a few more morsels before releasing him.
“We put him in an old doghouse,” she explained. “He got up and brushed himself off, and that was the end of it!”
Harrigan and the others may have just gone out of their way to save the fox for a few minutes, but that small act of generosity changed everything for him.
“We’re delighted we were able to save this animal,” Harrigan said, adding that the fox appears to be doing well and occasionally reminds his rescuers of the life he rescued. “We still get to visit him now and then!”