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‘We’ve done all we can at this point for it’: bystanders rescue deer that fell through ice

A deer recovers on the riverbank after falling through the East River
A deer recovers on the riverbank after falling through the East River - Brendan Ahern

A deer that fell through the ice near the East River Road has been pulled to shore, but it’s not out of the woods yet.

Department of Natural Resources were called to the scene where townspeople had already pulled deer to relative safety.

Tom Dudka was the one who first called it in.

“We were driving by and my wife saw the two legs and the head sticking up,” he said. “We saw it trying to get out but it couldn’t.”

Getting the deer out of the water is part of the challenge, getting the deer back onto it’s four feet is another.

“She spent so much energy on that ice, and with her legs splayed our, she just can’t get them back underneath,” said Mark Mcgarrigle, regional biologist with DNR, Truro. He was also in the area when they received the call.

“You think of how the hooves are, they’re great for getting through the snow, but they’ve got no traction on the ice.”

Thanks to the help of some pedestrian passersby the deer is now on dry land, but only time will tell if it will survive. Mcgarrigle says that they will be checking up on the animal within the hour, and people are being asked to stay away.

“We’ve done all we can at this point for it. It’s up to the deer now.”

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