Firefighters donned rescue suits and ice cleats to help two deer that had been stranded on slippery Clear Lake in northern Iowa. The Clear Lake Fire Department was notified around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday that the animals were floundering about 400 yards from shore before being rescued. Firefighters were able to use ropes like leashes and guide the stranded deer to shore. Local officials say that instances like these are not unusual, but not common either.
Department spokesman Billy Krefft says firefighters decided to try a rescue so others without sufficient training or safety gear wouldn’t make an attempt and wind up needing rescue themselves. Krefft says the larger of the two, a buck, was treated and then released back into the wild. The younger, smaller of the two had suffered a broken leg, so it was euthanized.