Tim Hortons moose dies during surgery

Oliver the baby moose is pictured at the Wild at Heart Animal Shelter, in Walden, Ont. in this file...

Oliver the baby moose is pictured at the Wild at Heart Animal Shelter, in Walden, Ont. in this file photo. The moose made headlines across the country after a northern Ontario man found him on the side of the highway, picked it up and took him to a Tim Hortons. (Gino Donato/QMI Agency)

Jim Moodie, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. -- Oliver the baby moose has died of a heart attack during surgery on a broken leg.

The gangly orphan arrived at the Wild at Heart Animal Shelter in May, just two days after being born, its umbilical cord still attached, as it tried to climb out of a ditch and onto Highway 144,.

Oliver was rescued by Stephane Desgroseillers of Copper Cliff, Ont., and became a media sensation after Desgroseillers showed him off at a local Tim Hortons while en route to the wildlife rehab centre.

On Monday, Oliver died during surgery on a leg it had broken on the weekend while cavorting in its outdoor enclosure.

"It's upsetting for sure," said Rod Jouppi, founder and president of Wild At Heart. "Unfortunately, rehabilitating a moose is not an easy thing. You're lucky to get 50% success."


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