Amazing deer rescue – at sea!!

This story is not at all amusing but it is incredible – I couldn’t find a more suitable category so posted it here. Apparently the story has been around a while, this actually happened quite some time back. But I hadn’t heard about it before (I know, I got to get out more). I figured maybe some of you may also not have had the privilege – so here it is, quite amazing:

I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats, but this tale takes the cake!! Fisherman Tom Satre was sailing the icy waters off Alaska with a charter group on his 62-foot vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat:

Tom reported, “Once the deer reached our boat they began to circle, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up the boat’s back gate and helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Once onboard they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.

We headed for Taku Harbour. Once we reached the dock, the first buck we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance two more followed but the smaller deer needed a little extra help.

My daughter (Anna) and son (Tim) helped the last buck to its feet. We didn’t know how long they had been in the icy waters nor if there had been others who did not survive. My daughter later told me the experience was something she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!!”

You can read and see more on Tom Satre’s own website HERE

Please do not berate me because this is an old story, it’s new to me and later is better than never… right? 🙂

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