A drowning deer got a life-saving, helping paw from man’s best friend.
Storm, an English golden retriever, was out for a walk with owner Mark Freeley when the pooch spotted the young deer struggling in waters of Long Island Sound.
“Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck and started swimming to shore.” Freeley told WCBS-TV.
Freeley captured the rescue in heart-warming video that’s gone viral.
After pulling the deer to safety, Storm made sure it had a pulse.
“And then he started nudging it, and started pulling it to make sure she was gonna be OK I guess,” said Freeley, a resident of East Setauket, LI.
Strong Island Animal Rescue was called to the scene, and the spooked deer ran away – again into the water.
That required a second deer-saving mission, with Frank Florida and Erica Kutzing of Strong Island Animal Rescue looping a dog lead around the fawn’s neck.
“I don’t think I could’ve done it without the help of my partner. I was exhausted at the point my knee blew out, and I collapsed on the beach,” Florida said.
The fawn is being treated for minor injuries and will be released back into the wild once she’s old and strong enough.
He’s a good boy.