Kind hearted treatment of moose calf
To the Editor,
About a week ago, we were traveling on Highway 118 toward Haliburton to visit friends there. We had been driving for nearly 10 hours and were running late.
Suddenly in front of us I saw a truck stopped in the right lane, its emergency flashers blinking red in the night.
I felt vaguely irritated; why was this guy in the middle of the road? Couldn’t he at least have pulled over onto the shoulder so traffic could get by?
An arm out the window motioned us on, and I passed slowly. As I looked back, I saw a man on the side of the road lit by the headlights of the truck feeding a moose calf. Late or not, I pulled to the shoulder and walked back toward the man. The calf stood calmly at his side, allowing the man to pet its nose.
The man had seen the calf trying to cross the road and stopped on the highway to protect it from being hit. He would wait, he told me, all night if necessary to make sure the calf made it safely into the woods. All this time the calf looked at us without alarm or fear.
Just about the time you give up on people something extraordinary happens. This man was not some soft-headed tourist but a local who had lived in the area his entire life and genuinely appreciated the beauty of the land he lives on and the animals he shares it with.
I would like to thank him for his kindness and compassion, which, for a moment at least, made me stop and realize that there are lots of things more important than getting to a destination on time.