RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. (CBS4)– A moose got stuck in a cattle guard and wildlife officers came to the rescue, but turns out the moose was in the habit of rescuing itself.

The animal got its leg caught in a cattle guard near Red Feather Lakes in Larimer County. Crews with Colorado Parks and Wildlife put down a mat over the bars of the guard and then tranquilized the moose.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

Before the moose fell asleep, he put his other legs on the mat and was able to get out.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

The animal later wandered back into the woods.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)