‘Against odds,’ critter stranded on rock in river gets rescued

‘Against odds,’ critter stranded on rock in river gets rescued

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‘Against odds,’ critter stranded on rock in river gets rescued

A baby porcupine floating on a log down the Kenai River in Alaska jumped to the safety of a rock only to become stranded in the middle of the rushing river.

Two board members from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, armed with a dip net, climbed into a boat and attempted to rescue the critter as Corina Mulder videotaped the mission with amusing play-by-play commentary.

“I hope it ends well,” Mulder said in the video. “The odds are against that…

“I don’t think this rescue attempt is going to work. We shall see.”

Eldon Mulder, the man with the net, and Bob Penney were the “two bold heroes” who motored upstream and got into position to make a rescue from behind the rock.

“It doesn’t know which is more frightening, being rescued or falling back into the river,” Corina Mulder said.

“The baby does not want to go in the net. Eldon is in a precarious situation. Porcupines throw quills and they hurt. Just ask any dog that has tangled with a porcupine.”

Eventually, Eldon Mulder managed to snare the critter with incident.

“The baby is in the net!” Corina announced. “OK, we have a dip-net rescue of a porcupine.”

Once on shore, the baby porcupine was freed from the net, got its bearings and waddled off into the woods.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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