JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — Missouri firefighters came to the rescue of a deer that fell into a pool in suburban St. Louis.
The Rock Community Fire Protection District responded to the pool in Jefferson County on Monday, KMOV reported. According to a Facebook post by the firefighters, it took some time to persuade the deer to leave the cold water.
A video shows the deer swimming in the full pool as rescuers try to guide it to the edge with a rope around its neck.
One man tells the deer to “keep your head up.”
“She’s lifting her leg up, actually, trying to get on the step,” another person says in the video.
Two rescuers pulled the rope, while another firefighter used a pole to help support the deer’s back legs, The Kansas City Star reported.
After several attempts, the firefighters were able to coax the deer to dry land. The animal scrambled up a ramp to the concrete ringing the pool.
The next issue was getting the deer out of the pool enclosure and onto the grass. After a few more tugs and an apology, the deer was dragged onto the ground and was set free. The animal relaxed on the ground as firefighters completed their task.
“After numerous attempts and our Bambi getting very cold and tired, a successful rescue was made,” fire officials wrote on Facebook.