Winter storms aren’t easy, especially for non-hibernating animals. Deer, in particular, have been known to get trapped in the middle of iced-over lakes or buried beneath huge mounds of snow, as the stag in this video did. A group of skiers came across him stuck in a snowy ditch, unable to pull himself back up to higher ground. Luckily, the group was able to finagle the deer out -- first by shoveling the snow around him, then roping his antlers, and finally pushing him up from behind. Ordinarily, deer don’t hang around humans for long, but this stag appears so grateful for the help that he rests nearby for a while, even allowing his rescuers to pet him before returning to the snowy woods. Β