Watch Alaskan rescuers save baby moose after it tumbles into basement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game with a moose they rescued
Alaska Department of Fish and Game shared video of the unusual rescue mission which involved tranquilizers and a stretcher carry (Image credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

An Alaskan moose had a startling wake up call while grazing on breakfast when it fell through a window into the basement of a family home – Anchorage Daily News (opens in new tab) reports this is the second time such an incident has occurred at this same address. Alaska Department of Fish and Game shared video of the unusual rescue mission, which required the help of Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Professional Firefighters and the Kenai Peninsula - Central Emergency Services to extract the bewildered moose.

The ADFD shared on Facebook (opens in new tab) that the surprising rescue mission involved tranquilizing the moose so that it was awake, but docile, in order to safely extract it. The video, which you can view below, shows a team of seven quick-thinking rescuers using a tarp stretcher typically used for human rescues to help carry the uninjured moose back outside where it was safely released into the wild.

The moose calf, estimated to be about one year old and tipping the scales at around 500 lbs, is thought to have been uninjured by the event. Moose's natural habitat is in forested areas with water, but they are known to wander into urban areas in search of food, particularly at this time of year, when cold weather arrives.

Discovering a moose in your basement would be a shock, to say the least – moose are the largest members of the deer family, standing on very skinny legs at an average of six feet tall from hoof to shoulder, then add a couple more feet for the head. Though moose sightings are relatively uncommon, there are a lot of these elusive beasts in North America – an estimated one million of them roam the continent compared to just 600,000 black bears

By nature, moose are not aggressive creatures and not inclined to attack humans. Like the best of us though, they can become aggressive when feeling threatened, particularly around their young or if they’re harassed by people or dogs and when they are food deprived or tired, which is common in winter.

The best way to enjoy wildlife is from afar, with a pair of the best binoculars. For more advice, learn about what to do if you encounter a moose.

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.