The baby moose born moments after her mother was hit by a car has been named “Star” by her rescuers.
The impact of the collision expelled the calf from the pregnant cow on a highway in Quebec’s Saguenay region.
The mother was crossing Highway 170 in L’Anse-St-Jean on Sunday when it was struck by a car and killed.
Witnesses to the accident found the calf, still in its gestational sac and covered in amniotic fluid, under the car that hit the moose.
'Right now, the baby is doing very, very well.'- Daniel Gagnon, co-owner of the Falardeau Zoo
The witnesses unblocked the calf's airway, covered her in a blanket and then called the owners of the Falardeau Zoo, which is in the region. They came and picked up the animal.
Star is now being cared for by vets, who treated her for some minor scrapes, and fed her colostrum — the crucial “first milk” needed to give antibodies to newborns.
“We are an organization that rehabilitates animals, but the first responders ... it's them who saved the young animal,” said Daniel Gagnon, one of the owners of the Falardeau Zoo.
“Right now, the baby is doing very, very well. Everything is normal,” he said. “We give her a nine out of 10 chance of survival.”
Gagnon said that because Quebec sanctuaries are not supposed to release rescued animals back into the wild, Star will stay in a refuge, perhaps joining the four adults that now live at the Falardeau Zoo.