Temperatures are steamy hot during the summer in the desert Southwest. Triple digits are the norm near Yuma, Arizona, in the extreme southwest corner of the state so it is not too surprising that a bull elk took a dip in a nearby canal to cool off. Unfortunately, it could not get out because of the canal’s slippery cement bottom and steep banks.
A farmer saw the dilemma and reached out to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for assistance. An officer teamed up with firefighters and other locals to rope and strap it, pull it out and then release it into the desert north of the Gila River Valley.
(Photo source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)