Heroic Pooch Pulls Drowning Baby Deer To Shore

Published July 18, 2017
Updated May 22, 2018

Man's best friend may also be deer's best friend.

Dog Saves Deer

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We often think of dogs as good companions, but new video footage shows that they’re also pretty good at rescue missions.

This week, a video emerged of a dog saving a baby deer from drowning in the waters of the Long Island Sound:


In the video, the golden retriever jumps into the water, grabs the deer by the scruff of its neck and drags the baby animal back to shore. Mark Freeley, an attorney for Last Chance Animal Rescue in Southhampton, New York, shot the video.

Freeley was taking his two dogs on a walk when one of them, Storm, suddenly jumped into the waters of the sound. When Freely saw that she was bringing something back to shore in her jaws, he began filming, and soon realized it was a fawn.

“Good boy, Storm. Bring him in,” Freeley says in the video.

Once on shore, the dog licked and pawed at the young animal to make sure it was alive. Freeley then called Strong Island Animal Rescue League, which arrived moments later to take care of the three-month-old animal. Upon examination, the rescue team found the deer covered in ticks, as well as cuts and bruises on its head.

Just days later, however, the deer appears to be doing just fine, and rescue team representatives plan to release the deer into the wild in three months.

Next, for more daring animal rescues, watch this video showing an elephant being rescued at sea in Sri Lanka. Then, for more cute animal content, watch this young hippo bother a crocodile.

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe Paoletti is a New York City-based writer and a former Editorial Intern at All That's Interesting. He holds a Bachelor's in English from Fordham University.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Paoletti, Gabe. "Heroic Pooch Pulls Drowning Baby Deer To Shore." AllThatsInteresting.com, July 18, 2017, https://allthatsinteresting.com/dog-rescues-baby-deer-drowning-long-island-sound. Accessed June 20, 2024.