In a touching show of solidarity with local wildlife, police and motorists in one Kentucky community put everything on hold this week to make sure their animal neighbors would make it home safely.
Every year around this time when the Ohio river swells near the town of Henderson, countless deer are struck and killed crossing the highway toward higher ground. This year, however, things went a little differently. On Tuesday afternoon, at the request of local wildlife rehabilitator Linda Williams, police agreed to block off the road where a large herd had gathered, allowing them to cross without danger.
It took only five minutes or so, but the difference it made for the animals was immeasurable.
"This is the first time in history they've ever shut the highway down for an animal, let alone deer," Williams told The Dodo. "Everyone was really great about it. They didn't honk their horns; they didn't complain about it. They were really happy that the deer were not hurt."