The impact of the accident expelled the calf from the pregnant animal on a highway in Quebec’s Saguenay region.
The mother was crossing Highway 170 in L’Anse-St-Jean on Sunday when struck by a car and killed.
Witnesses to the accident found the calf, still in its gestational sac and covered in amniotic fluid, under the car that hit the moose.
The witnesses unblocked her airway, covered her in a blanket and then called the owners of the region’s Falardeau Zoo, who came to pick up the animal.
Star is now being cared for by vets, who treated her for some minor scrapes, and fed her colostrum — the crucial “first milk” needed to give antibodies to newborns.
“We are an organization that rehabilitates animals, but the first responders... it's them who saved the young animal,” says Daniel Gagnon, one of the owners of the Falardeau Zoo.
“Right now, the baby is doing very, very well. Everything is normal,” says Gagnon. “We give her a nine out of 10 chance of survival.”
Gagnon says that because Quebec sanctuaries are not supposed to release rescued animals back into the wild, Star will stay in a refuge, perhaps joining the the four adults that now live at the Falardeau Zoo.