Heading out to fish on Woods Lake in Tasmania, Craig Wilson and his stepfather thought it was going to be a nice, relaxing day on the water. That’s when they noticed something in the distance. At first they thought it might be a platypus, a duck-like creature used to swimming.

But as they got closer, they realized it was something entirely different…something drowning, and desperately in need of their help.

More than 800 feet offshore, the men found a wombat struggling to stay afloat.

“If we weren’t there in the lake he would have drowned for sure, the way the wind was blowing, he would not have been able to make it back to shore,” Mr. Wilson told The Advocate.

As the men navigated the boat to fish him out and save his life, the wombat struggled to get free, not knowing his captors meant him no harm.

Watch as they rescue the little critter. He apparently calmed down when they got him aboard the ship, probably exhausted from his ordeal.

(via The Advocate, The Dodo)

When he got back to dry land, the men said “he just went on his merry way.”

The startled fishermen believed the little guy was likely feeding near the shore when he was accidentally washed out to deeper waters. This little guy clearly has two guardian angels — how lucky!

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