"Throughout her ordeal, the calf was very vocal, squealing and clicking but also remaining surprisingly calm and breathing steadily, without showing many signs of stress." DOC senior ranger Thelma Wilson told Stuff. "Once the group began to move her towards the water she became quiet."
Rescuers say it's likely that the calf reconnected with her pod, because there was no trace of them in the morning, and because the amount of calling the animal was doing at release indicated the calf's family was not far away.
And this calf certainly isn't the only lucky one to be saved from stranding: