Canadian Man Rescues Baby Moose, Takes It To Tim Hortons

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CBC News reports how the man, Stephan Michel Desgroseillers, found himself caring for the tiny moose:

Desgroseillers said his friends found the moose calf on Sunday, not in Copper Cliff, but on the side of Highway 144 near Dowling, walking into oncoming traffic.

They debated what to do with the calf and, after a little research, called Wild at Heart in Lively to ask for advice.

"The information that they gave my friends was to put her deep back into the bush and leave her be so her mother could find her," Desgroseillers said.

The couple did just that — six times over the next three hours — but the little calf kept going to the side of the road into traffic.

"It was about 11 p.m. [when] they called me to see if I could give them a hand," he said.

"I went up there and, after trying to get her back to where she belonged, she kept following us like a little puppy."

Desgroseillers said they decided to bring her back to Sudbury and contact someone for help, but couldn't get in touch with anyone.

"I couldn't figure out what to do," he said. "I was pulled over by the police at this time, and they tried to help me out and contact the people. They couldn't get a hold of anybody. Police basically told me, 'Steph, you have a pet until you can get a hold of the proper people to take care of the calf.'"

When Desgroseillers brought her home, "I realized she needed to be close to her mom. She followed me everywhere. As soon as I got three feet from her, she started whining and complaining."

When it was time for Desgroseillers to go to bed "I had to bring her with me and let her sleep in bed. It was comforting to her."

The following day he brought her to the refuge centre, but first "stopped at Tim Hortons … to have a bite to eat and a coffee."

The folks at the Wild at Heart wildlife refuge suspect that the infant's mother was probably struck and killed by a car, something that happens all too often at the bleeding edge of the urban and wild, especially now during the calving season.

If you live in such an area and happen to find an apparently abandoned calf, the best thing to do is to leave it alone. Its mother might simply be off foraging. But if it does appear to be in distress, call the proper authorities: either a local wildlife rescue center or a local branch of the Fish and Wildlife department.


Without proper training, many folks who attempt to care for orphaned or injured wildlife may actually do more harm than good. For example, if you feed cow's milk to a baby moose - something that seems quite responsible at first - it could actually die. Its stomach is not equipped to process milk from a cow.

While the story ended well for this particular calf, it's advisable not to take a wild animal into your home. Or to your local Tim Hortons.