And as it happens, mommy did come back as Congo was working to free the baby. However, it seemed as if she knew that the interloper was trying to help. Indeed, although she approached her offspring, she didn’t make any violent or protective moves towards her calf while Congo worked.
In fact, Congo even got a chance to inspect the younger moose’s leg, and it was good news. “The wire had not cut through the skin,” Congo would later reveal. “So aside from being a little sore, the calf was fine.” And his efforts weren’t in vain, either.