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Dog Rescues Baby Deer from Long Island Waters

Travis Ketzak
By Travis Ketzak / July 20, 2017

Mark Freeley was walking his dog, Storm, in Port Jefferson, NY when suddenly the dog dove into the water to grab something. To Mark’s astonishment, it was a baby deer.

Storm, a golden retriever, saw the fawn struggling and sprang into action. His instincts instantly took over.

“Good boy, Storm. Bring him in,” Mark says as he watches the daring rescue.

Once Storm pulls the three-month-old deer up onto the shore, he lays down next to it and even starts nudging it with his nose, providing it with warmth and comfort while it recovers. Mark called the Strong Island Animal Rescue League for help.

When they arrived, though, the deer got scared and jumped back into the water. Rescuer Frank Floridia followed, rescuing the deer a second time with the help of his partner, Erica Kutzing.

“It was a do-or-die situation,” Frank said. “I really didn’t have much of a choice. If I didn’t go in the water, the deer would’ve died.”

Frank and Erica took the deer to Star Foundation, a nonprofit that cares for rescued animals, where it is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Storm is the very definition of “good boy,” and has been enjoying some much-deserved treats since his rescue.