A recent stroll on the beach turned out to be like an episode of Animal Rescue 911 when an affable English golden retriever spotted a floundering fawn in the waters off Port Jefferson, New York, and drug it to shore. The dog, whose name is Storm, was enjoying a walk with his owner, Mark Freeley, and his other canine companion Sara when he spotted the young deer in trouble. Freeley said Storm didn’t hesitate; he just jumped right in and started paddling hard.
Like the canine hero of cartoon fiction — without the spiffy Superman suit — Storm pulled an Underdog when he swam out, latched onto the imperiled animal and began to tow it ashore. “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 CBS New York.
Once on land, Storm lay down beside the rescued juvenile in a protective manner. “And then he started nudging it and started pawing it to make sure it was gonna be ok, I guess,” Freeley further explained. In the meantime, Storm’s dad alerted animal rescuers to the fawn’s condition and waited for them to arrive. Unfortunately, all did not go smoothly from there. It seems the animal got spooked and ran back into the water.
Once rescuers arrived, they spent a tense eight minutes while they tried to lasso the fawn and bring it back in. Between Freeley, Frank Floridia and Erica Kutzing of Strong Island Rescue, they managed to get the youngster in safely. Obviously weakened, covered with ticks and having sustained an eye injury, it was brought to a local rescue group, where it will be cared for until it is well enough to be released back into the wild.
You’ve got to love stories like this where animals come to the rescue of one another. If you have any of your own, please share them in the comments below.