“He saw this squirrel and went to chase it — next thing I know he was on this little island,” Glen Wadeson, Bruce’s grandpa, said in a press release. “He must have thought that the green slime on top of the water was grass. He wouldn’t come back over as he was frightened.”
Once he realized there was no chance that Bruce was going to swim back through the freezing water again, Wadeson contacted the RSPCA in hopes that it would be able to help. Animal welfare officer Steve Wickham and animal collection officer Gina Ratcliff arrived at the park, and concluded that the only way to rescue Bruce would be for one of them to wade through the water and over to the island to get him.