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Volunteers Brave Subzero Temps to Rescue Whale
By Joseph Tepper, January 8, 2018 @ 10:46 AM (EST)
Source: CTV News

If you’re almost anywhere in North America, then you’ve probably noticed it’s been a little chilly this week. Even parts of Florida got their first dusting of snow in decades.

But way up in Nova Scotia, subzero temperatures wouldn’t deter hundreds of volunteers who spent New Year’s Day rescuing a stranded pilot whale. With the windchill dipping down to –4°Fahrenheit (–20°Celsius), the rescuers shoveled the whale out of the sand, where it was thrashing about.

“I saw somebody post on a Facebook group that there was a beached whale and they were looking for help. So, I got in the truck and drove out,” Richard Stanbrook, one of the hundreds of volunteers, told CTV News.

The volunteers managed to free the whale and escort it back into the water. It is unclear whether the whale survived after this, but the warmth (literally) of the rescuers in such chilly conditions is to be admired.



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