Fishermen Spot Stranded Figure Huddled On Top Of Iceberg
Marilyn Caylor 11/7/2018
As experienced fishermen, Mallory Harrigan and her boyfriend, Cliff Russell, probably thought they'd seen it all when it came to ocean-dwelling life. However, nothing could prepare the hardy crew of The Northern Swan for the strange critter they caught in their dipnet, just four miles off the coast of Labrador in Canada.
It all started when one of them caught sight of a small iceberg drifting off into the horizon. It looked like something white and furry was trapped on top, and they naturally assumed that a cute baby seal was in dire need of a rescue!
However, as they inched the boat closer and closer to the slab of ice, it became apparent that what they were staring at wasn't a chubby little pup, or even anything close to resembling a seal. Still, what the couple spotted that day certainly had Titanic implications all of its own! Just how did that scrappy-looking fella end up on top of the mushroom-shaped iceberg, anyways?
As the boat came up alongside the iceberg, Mallory and Cliff were astonished to find an Arctic fox staring right back at them with a look of utter despair and embarrassment showing in his eyes. Cliff believes the unlucky fox must have gotten stuck after he sauntered onto the ice pan in search of a tasty meal, only to have part of his dinner table suddenly break off and float away!
Unfortunately for the poor fox, he now found himself shivering, hungry, and at the mercy of a bunch of hovering seagulls who were, ironically, happy to see a hot meal sitting on their lunch plate. When Mallory and Cliff saw the birds swoop down and attack the fox, they knew they had to act fast to save the wild doggo from certain doom!
As was to be expected, the couple had a really hard time trying to coax the slippery little guy onto the boat. He kept running away, so they were forced to break off the piece of ice that he was standing on. After the fishermen scooped up the fox with a dipnet, he tried to put up a brave fight, but when all of his fruitless exertions got him nowhere, he finally gave up and just stopped moving altogether.
The fox willingly retreated to the corner of a makeshift bed, exhausted and too weak to do anything other than sleep most of the way home. At this point Mallory and Cliff realized they needed to help the Arctic beauty regain his strength so that he'd be fit enough to survive the cold Canadian winter. That meant food, and lots of it!
After the male vixen woke up he was very nervous, and for the first 5 or 6 hours he refused to eat the chips and crackers the couple tried to feed him. The picky eater finally came round when he was temped with a delectable treat - a tin of Vienna sausages!
Once on land, Mallory and Cliff let the critter rest up for a while longer in an old kennel in William's Harbor before he was finally released back into the wild. It was certainly a trying adventure for this wild fox, but boy does he have an interesting tale of of Greek-like proportions to woof to all of his friends! Of course, Mallory and Cliff's story is just as unbelievably fascinating, too.
Watch this video to see this fox's luck finally take a turn for the better.