When one New York Man’s English Golden Retriever suddenly ran off during a walk on the beach, he couldn’t understand what made his normally well-behaved companion do something so uncharacteristic.
But as Mark Freeley looked out into the Long Island Sound past his dog, Storm, he saw a small deer struggling to stay afloat. “Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore,” Mark Freeley said.
Storm dragged the fawn onto the beach and laid down next to it. “And then he started nudging it, and started pulling it to make sure she was gonna be OK I guess,” said Freeley, who called animal rescuers to come check on the animal. However, when rescuers from Strong Island Rescue got to the scene, the deer got spooked and ran back into the water. “This time it went out even further,” Freeley said.
“The second rescue was a lot of anxiety,” said rescuer Frank Floridia, who swam out and used a rope to catch the baby. “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,” Floridia said about partner Erica Kutzing.
The fawn was covered in ticks and had an eye injury, so they took it back to recover at an animal rescue center and hope to release it back into the wild once completely healed, soon.
Watch the entire video below to see the unbelievable thing this dog did for a drowning young deer.
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[Featured image: Mark Freeley/CBS]