Elk rescued from Russian power plant

September 21st, 2012 - 7:05 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Sep 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A rescue operation took 11 hours at a hydroelectric power plant in northern Russia’s Murmansk region to save an elk, one of the largest species of deer in the world, who fell into the plant’s canal, an official said.

“The elk must have been driven into the canal by bears. There are plenty of them in the neighbourhood,” said the plant’s spokeswoman.

Rescuers managed to throw a rope over the animal’s horns, attach the other end to a car, and drag the elk out of the canal, she said.

The frightened elk, who was trying to resist the rescuers’ efforts, immediately escaped into the woods.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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