Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer helps rescue 2 deer who swam a half mile offshore

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!

From a distance, the heads looked like two birds sitting on the surface. As Major Cooper approached them, he realized that it was a mother doe and her yearling swimming in the opposite direction from shore. FWC photo by Bekah Nelson
From a distance, the heads looked like two birds sitting on the surface. As Major Cooper approached them, he realized that it was a mother doe and her yearling swimming in the opposite direction from shore.
FWC photo by Bekah Nelson
A leap of joy after a successful rescue! Our dedicated staff do their best to perform as many successful rescues as possible. Thank you Major Cooper! FWC photo by Bekah Nelson
A leap of joy after a successful rescue! Our dedicated staff do their best to perform as many successful rescues as possible. Thank you Major Cooper!
FWC photo by Bekah Nelson
Major Cooper was able to gently guide the deer back to shore. Leave rescues to the experts! If you see an injured animal call our 24-hour hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). FWC photo by Bekah Nelson
Major Cooper was able to gently guide the deer back to shore. Leave rescues to the experts! If you see an injured animal call our 24-hour hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
FWC photo by Bekah Nelson

 

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