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Image: Pocatello Zoo

It isn’t often you see images like these! An elk saved a drowning marmot from his water trough, and you have to look at the way the elk solved the problem to understand how.


Image: Pocatello Zoo

At first the elk, named Shooter, appeared to be dipping his face and nose in to the trough in an unusual way. Zoo staff at Pocatello Zoo in Idaho weren’t too concerned but did find the behaviour strange.

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Image: Pocatello Zoo

Then Shooter tried to dunk his head in the trough and keepers really wondered what was wrong. His antlers were too big to fit in the trough and he had to work out what to do next.

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