A dolphin stuck in river mud in eastern Canada was rescued by a fisheries officer using a borrowed canoe.
The incident occurred Thursday in the Petitcodiac River in New Brunswick, the Canadian Broadcasting Service reported. The Petitcodiac below Moncton has a tidal bore that causes dramatic changes in water level twice a day as the tide rushes in and out.
Sandra and Jim Davis, who live in Riverview across from Moncton, told the broadcaster they saw the dolphin stranded by the ebbing tide lying on its side with its head in the mud. Firefighters were unable to reach the animal, but a Department of Fisheries officer was able to get to it after the tide turned using a canoe belonging to one of the Davises’ neighbors.
The officer and neighbor loaded the dolphin into the canoe. It was released downstream.