North East Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Coalition is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. We are a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and these are the tales of the injured and orphaned animals we care for until they are able to be released back into the wild.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Deer rescue

I have to give Kudos to the fire department I work for. They went all out on Monday to rescue a deer that fell through the ice. 3 hours and a lot of manpower later, she was brought to shore. Here are some pics, compliments of one of my fellow dispatchers, Scott who watched most of the ordeal before coming in for his shift.
The deer was way out there, but here you can see where she was through the ice....
Then after they managed to drag her out of the water....

While the crew on dry land got ready to drag everyone back in.

I wish I could report a happier outcome, but the poor thing had to be euthanized due to a broken leg and possibly broken hip. The environmental police were on scene to evaluate her. Chances are, after such a long struggle and the stress, she wouldn't have made it anyway. Deer are very prone to capture myopathy and may die suddenly or up to a month after capture, there is no cure. After this long ordeal, her chances were probably slim.
The one good thing that came out of was a great training exercise for the fire department for a time when they may have to drag a human being out of the freezing water.

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