Erikas Plucas returned home one day to see an unusual sight: a young moose alone outside his gates. She couldn’t have been more than a couple of weeks old at the time.
Plucas, who lives in Lithuania, told The Dodo, “The first look of her was sad.” “She was hungry, dirty, unhappy, and her fur was infected with flies when she first saw me, but she was too weak to go away, much alone stand up.”
Plucas thought the young moose’s mother had been shot by hunters and had fled in search of assistance. He rushed inside with the thin, ill moose to see what he could do.
Plucas phoned some of his pals for advice after phoning animal services, but everyone urged him to keep out of it.
Plucas stated, “I was treated with hatred and scorn.” “All I heard was, ‘It’s unlawful, you shouldn’t do it, let nature take care of it.'”
But he was deafeningly deaf He realized he needed to assist her.
He gathered every sort of leaf he could find while waiting for animal services to arrive, gave her some milk, and tried frantically to convince her to eat. He knew that if she didn’t, she’d almost certainly not making it, and he couldn’t allow that happen.
Unfortunately, when animal services officials came the next day, there wasn’t much they could do.
“Because we don’t have a specific facility in Lithuania to care for orphaned wild animals,” Plucas explained, “they phoned local hunters and asked whether they could take her.” “I knew it would mean her death, so I insisted on keeping the baby, and they agreed.”
Plucas gave the tiny moose the name Emma, and she was his.
Taking care of Emma over the first several weeks was a hardship. Plucas slept next to her, sometimes outdoors and sometimes in his barn, just so she would always feel comfortable. She had to be fed every four hours and would wail every time Plucas tried to go inside.
Plucas remarked, “She was terrified of everything but me.”
Plucas began taking Emma on regular hikes in the forest as she grew older, in the aim of returning her to the wild. He attempted to educate her what was hazardous and what was not, and he assisted her in locating food so that she might do it on her own one day. Emma was first afraid of entering the jungle, but she adored Plucas and accompanied him wherever he went, so she did it for him.
Emma felt more at ease with going into the forest as she grew older, and she soon began going there on her own. It wasn’t long until she was able to move there full-time. She was all set.
Plucas remarked, “I recall those first evenings when she didn’t come home.” “Oh, I didn’t get much sleep. But she matured, and I had to go on. After all, it had been my intention from the start.”
Despite the fact that Emma is now an adult and lives in the wild, she continues to visit and spend time with her father on a daily basis. They go swimming together, and he treats her while she expresses her gratitude for saving her life.
Emma has never warmed up to anybody other than her father, and it’s apparent how much she adores him.
Plucas described her as “kind and caring.” “When we’re playing, she’s extremely careful, so she wouldn’t injure me.”
Plucas is still worried that Emma, like her mother, would be injured by some of the hunters in the region, so he spoke to all the hunters he could locate and pleaded with them not to harm her.
Plucas explained, “I brought several hunters over so they could see her not just as a delicious, warm steak with potatoes and veggies on the table, but as a really clever and loving animal.” “Some said they’d put their hunting weapons away for good, while others swore they’d never shoot another moose.”
Emma is prospering in her new wild home, and due to her father, she will hopefully be happy and safe for a long time. She’ll still return home to see him, and she could have even more incentive to do so soon, as Plucas suspects she’s pregnant.
Plucas remarked, “I’m her world now, and she’s mine.” “I often wonder if it was I who saved her or if it was the other way around.”