Firefighters Arrive Just In Time For Exhausted Deer Couple
The doe almost started swimming toward them, like she was asking for their help.
No one knows exactly how the doe and the buck ended up in the canal earlier this week in Sacramento, California. It’s believed that the couple may have been quarreling and fallen down the steep cement sides of the canal, which made it impossible to scale out by themselves.
As soon as the couple was witnessed flailing at the surface, it was clear that they needed help — fast.
#MetroFire is o/s of 2 deer stuck approximately 2 miles apart in the canal near #TributaryPoint in #GoldRiver. The first had been successfully rescued and is in the care of State Parks personnel. #FireFighters are en route to the second location now. pic.twitter.com/XyMK0T49ez— Metro Fire of Sacramento (@metrofirepio) October 9, 2018
Thankfully, a team of firefighters arrived and rafted over to the animals.
Luckily, Janice Odestig, another firefighter on the team, happened to have a lasso in her trunk, and knew how to use it since her father had been a rancher.
The team managed to get ahold of both of the deer and pull them out of the water. Aside from some scrapes, both animals appeared healthy as they bounded off into the woods, back toward Lake Natoma, where they were likely from.
“We don’t know if they’ve spoken to each other since they fell in," Chris Vestal, spokesman for the fire department, told CBS, "but we hope the doe and the buck are on speaking terms later today.”
The fire department, which had been tweeting updates on the deer couple, informed followers that both had made it out of the canal safely, but remained reluctant to discuss the incident. "Neither deer wished to comment afterwards," it wrote.