The Shediac Fire Department has been awarded by PETA for a brave rescue of a moose that had gotten stuck in ice in the Shediac River on the weekend.
PETA awarded the firefighters with the Compassionate Fire Department Award Thursday.
Firefighters were called to the river Saturday morning after reports of a deer stuck in the ice. When they arrived, they found a 240-kilogram female moose.
The firefighters hacked a path through the ice, then ventured out onto the frozen river to encourage the moose in to shore, where she ran off, seemingly healthy.
“These firefighters had the determination and the know-how that it took to save this young moose from a slow, icy death,” PETA vice president Colleen O’Brien said in a release. “PETA hopes this story will inspire people everywhere to come to the aid of wildlife in need.”
Shediac Fire Department spokesperson Julien Boudreau told Global News Thursday that PETA had contacted them to ask a few questions about the rescue and the shape of the moose after the incident. They also asked for the firefighters’ email and mailing addresses, though Boudreau “had no idea what they were up to.”
“We were surprised, we weren’t expecting it,” Boudreau said.
“It’s certainly nice to be recognized. We certainly don’t do it for the recognition, we do it for a while host of reasons.”
In addition to the award, PETA is sending the fire department a box of delicious cookies, a letter of congratulations and a copy of The Engine Diet 2 — a cookbook by a Texas firefighter filled with recipes geared toward staying in firefighting shape on a plant-based diet.
Boudreau said the firefighters appreciate the gesture and will take a look at recipes in the book.