In a heartwarming rescue mission, two deer teetering on the brink of exhaustion were saved just in time. The drama unfolded in the expansive waters of Southeast Alaska’s Clarence Strait, where these stranded deer were spotted by vigilant Alaskan State Troopers, four miles away from the nearest shore.
A video shared on YouTube by the Alaskan State Troopers captures the poignant moment when the deer are observed swimming in the vast expanse of water. It is surmised that these deer were attempting to traverse the waters between islands when they found themselves in perilous circumstances.
Justin Freeman, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, shared with the Anchorage Daily News that the deer swam determinedly toward their rescue boat. It became evident that these creatures were in dire need of assistance.
As Freeman recounted, “Both deer ran into the side of the boat with their heads, indicating they wanted on board. The deer quickly swam over to the troopers on the swim step and let the troopers remove them from the water and place them on the back deck.”
Once safely on board, the rescued deer settled down, visibly shivering from their ordeal. It was evident that one of the deer was in more distress than the other.
“This guy at the back is doing pretty rough,” one of the troopers remarks in the video, pointing out that the other deer “is in a little bit better shape… Hopefully, they live, and we’ll go put them on the shore somewhere.”
The video transitions to capture the waterlogged deer, staggering on unsteady legs as they shake off the remnants of their aquatic ordeal. Soon, they begin making their way towards the sanctuary of the nearby woods.
A caption accompanying the video conveys the heartwarming conclusion: “After a little while, the two deer trotted off into the trees.” The timely intervention of the troopers ensured the survival of these majestic creatures, a testament to the fortuitous alignment of circumstances.
This rescue of deer from perilous waters is reminiscent of another noble effort by Tom Satre and his family, who once saved four deer facing a similar perilous situation. These acts of kindness serve as a reminder of the importance of compassion and vigilance in safeguarding our fellow creatures.