Student Exhibit: A Friend in Need!
We do not know when this chilling incident happened. We guess it would be around the 1920's. A 700 hundred pound moose fell through the ice, likely between Norridgewock and Skowhegan. Freezing in the cold waters of the Kennebec, this distressed animal helplessly tried to escape the icy chunks and freezing rapids.
Thankfully, a game warden happened to see the moose stuck in a pool of freezing water and ice. Carefully walking across the frozen water, he manages to reach her. Its amazing how much the people of Skowhegan and Norridgewock felt for this poor frozen mammal.
Citizens of the two towns stopped and tried to help her, but she didn't realize her luck. Instead of coming to them she swam to the other side of the glaciered pool, still trying helplessly to reach the shore.
The men finally lassoed her and pulled her to the edge. I guess you could say the best friends of the moose that day turned out to be the citizens of Norridgewock and Skowhegan. So Madame Moose wandered back into the thick wilderness and lived happily ever after or so it seems. Do you think the Gifford Moose could be Madame?
Megan Perkins is an eighth grader at Skowhegan Area Middle School.
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