The tiny animal, likely just a few days old, had somehow fallen into the narrow waterway and was struggling to stay afloat with only her nose breaching the surface. Along both sides of the river, the bank rose sharply, making it all but impossible for the moose calf to climb out.
About 200 feet away onshore, Snyder could see the calf's mother watching as he neared her baby. Given how protective moose parents are, he was wary that she might become aggressive if he tried to help - but that was a risk he was willing to take.
"I could tell this thing was just gasping for air, so I brought my boat next to her, grabbed her and scooped her up," said Snyder. "I set her on the bow of my boat, and she just lay there for a long time. She was shaking real bad and coughing up water."