A couple house-sitting in Utah got a surprise on Valentine’s Day when a moose fell through a window into home’s basement.
Gabrielle Goulet and her finance Tim Morgan were house-sitting for Goulet’s parents in Pinebrook, Utah, and they were sitting in the kitchen about 7 a.m. Thursday they heard glass breaking in the basement, according to Salt Lake Public Radio in Utah.
“[M]y fiance ran down the stairs and was like get out of here, thinking it was a person breaking in. Then we got downstairs, and my fiance, Tim was like oh my god, there’s a moose. It’s falling in the basement. So, we like saw, essentially, the butt of the moose falling into the basement,” Goulet told Salt Lake Public Radio.
The moose fell through a window well obscured by high snow, Goulet told the radio station.
Morgan, who had taken up a chair to try to keep the female moose from coming up the basement stairs, opened a door leading from the basement to the garage to give the animal a path outside, NBC affiliate KSL in Utah reported.
Summit County sheriff’s deputies soon arrived at the home and helped coax the moose out of the basement through the garage.
“They went and banged on some of the intact windows to try to startle the moose to get it moving — which actually worked — and the moose walked right out of the house and into the neighborhood,” Summit County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright told KSL.
The moose had cut itself when it fell through the window, leaving the basement carpet bloody, but the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that the moose appeared to have only “minor injuries” as it trotted away.