Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a rescue of 2 deer who swam a half mile offshore.
Daring deer rescued
A kayaker flagged down Major Bruce Cooper while he was on patrol. She was concerned since she watched two deer on the beach run directly into the water and swim away from shore. Major Cooper immediately searched the area and spotted two small heads in the water more than 1,000 yards from shore. As he approached the deer, they appeared to be fatigued and disoriented from trying to fight against the two-to-four foot waves. Major Cooper was able to guide them toward shore and gently navigate them back to land. When the doe and her yearling finally reached the beach, they ran to safety over the dunes and into St. Andrews State Park!