Saturday

"Defining moments in life; for the deer, as well" (adorable email)

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful New Year celebration...

-Forwarded from a friend:
"Four young Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre’s 62-foot charter vessel. Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat."

Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat.




Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre’s boat, the Alaska Quest. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour.

Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.

When the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest...

After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, but one deer needed more help. (Shows a picture of the last deer being transported by boat owner.)
And as the family helped the last of the bucks from the boat...
The email explains:
"They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as “one of those defining moments in life.” I’m sure it was for the deer, as well.

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