Crews try to save deer stranded on ice

Published On: Jan 07 2013 07:42:38 AM HST
WALTHAM, Mass. -

In a scene that could have pulled been straight from Disney's classic "Bambi," crews in Waltham rescued two deer that were stranded on the ice Friday.

Massachusetts Environmental Police, Waltham fire and the Animal Rescue League were called to rescue a deer on Stoney Brook Basin.  A short time later, a second stranded deer was spotted on the Cambridge Reservoir.

Images: Stranded deer rescued from ice

Crews managed to coax the first deer off the ice, but the second deer was still stranded. 

From Sky 5, rescuers wearing cold weather wet suits with inflatable rafts could be seen carefully making their way out across the ice to the animal.  The animal repeatedly tried to flee its rescuers, but fell after its spindly legs and hooves could not gain traction on the ice. 

"If you rush at them too quickly, it actually makes things worse. The animal may get excited, break limbs, and that's not good either. So we have to take our time," said Waltham Deputy Fire Chief Roger Hebert. 

As the deer kicked and thrashed wildly on the ice, the team was able to capture it, subdue it and haul it back to land.  

The animal was loaded into a truck for an evaluation at Tufts in Grafton. Unfortunately, the doe had be euthanized.    

Fire officials said they try to rescue the stranded animals because they fear if they don't, a Good Samaritan may try and get hurt or fall in. 

Images: Stranded deer rescued from ice


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