Crab fishermen in Canada happened upon an unusual sight they originally thought was a baby seal sitting atop an iceberg 2 1/2 miles offshore, but a closer inspection revealed it was a helpless Arctic fox.
Mallory Harrigan was fishing aboard The Northern Swan with boyfriend Cliff Russell and Allan Russell last week off Labrador when they saw the stranded Arctic fox starving, terrified and drifting out to sea, as reported by Bored Panda.
“It had probably got stuck out there looking for a meal,” Harrigan told Bored Panda. “Cliff says he thinks he got out there to check out a bit of meat on the ice and it broke apart, sending him out to sea.”
The fishermen figured the only chance it had for survival was for them to rescue the critter and deliver it to land.
Harrigan told VOCM of Newfoundland and Labrador that since they couldn’t reach the fox they were forced to break up the ice and then scoop it up in a dip net when it fell into the water.
“He fought and fought to get away until he literally couldn’t move anymore,” Harrigan told Bored Panda, adding it slept most of the way to shore.
The Arctic fox refused to eat cheese and crackers they attempting feeding it, but it devoured a tin of Vienna sausages.
They dropped the fox off on an island with ponds and “lots of little critters and stuff” he can chase after, Harrigan told VOCM.
“We dropped him off in an old doghouse,” Harrigan told The Dodo. “He [emerged from the doghouse] shook himself off and that was it.”
The Arctic fox, given a second chance, was off to explore its new home.