Mammoth: Shooter the elk stands 10ft tall from his hooves to the tip of his antlers
To the rescue! Shooter pulls the hapless marmot from his water trough
The gentle giant placed the hapless rodent down and nudged it with his hoof, as if checking it for signs of life, before calmly watching it scamper off into the bushes.
Zoo staff caught the entire rescue on camera. It really was amazing, said Kate O'Conner, Pocatello 's education coordinator. Shooter is such a huge animal - he stands at six feet tall without his antlers - which are another four feet, and he's pretty scary.
Some of the staff don't like going in his enclosure with him - he's punctured car tires with his antlers before, so to see him being so gentle with a little animal was heart-warming.
We all know he's a real character, but I think he must have a soft side we didn't know about.
He was trying to dunk his head in the water, but his antlers kept getting in the way.
Nobody could figure out why he was trying to get his head in, and then he started dipping his feet in. We were all completely confused, until we saw the marmot in his mouth.
I think he had nudged the animal away from the edge of the bucket with his antlers and hooves so he could reach it with his mouth without his antlers getting in the way. It was very sweet.
Down you go: Shooter gently lowers the tiny rodent to the ground
Safe, but soaked: Somewhat shell shocked, the lucky marmot seems happy to be back on dry land
Zoo keeper Dr. Joy Fox added: We think Shooter sensed that the animal was in distress and decided to help. The zoo plans to auction off Shooter's incredible antlers when they are shed later in the year.