Year after year crab fishing is listed as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. So you can bet veterans of the trade have probably had their share of wild experiences.
However for three crab fishermen working off the coast of Labrador, Canada, a recent day out on the water lead to an unexpected encounter that none of them could believe.
Mallory Harrigan, Cliff Russell and Allan Russell were only a few miles offshore when their boat rolled up to a drifting iceberg shaped like a mushroom cap. They steered towards it thinking they saw a baby seal trapped on top of it, but when they got closer they realized the small animal was actually an Arctic Fox.
Harrigan knew the little fox would die if left stranded out on the iceberg, so she and her crewmates stepped up to save its life.
It took some coaxing, but eventually they got the fox on board and into a makeshift bed to warm up and dry off.
They tried feeding the fox, who had likely gotten trapped on the iceberg while looking for food.
But nothing seemed to interest him until they opened up a can of Vienna sausages.
“We gave him chips and crackers but he didn’t want anything until he woke up and we fed him a tin of Vienna sausages”
Once they got him back to shore the fox scampered off, grateful to be alive.
Harrigan says she stills sees the fox around, scavenging on the shore from time to time.
After sharing the pictures and their amazing story, people fell in love with the beautiful little fox.
And everyone hailed the crew as heroes.
But Harrigan? According to this Canadian crab fisherman, she and her crewmates weren’t the real heroes of the story.
All hail the humble Vienna sausage!