How many times have you seen a dog fetch a stick or a tennis ball from the water? Well, one dog put its doggie paddle to the test when it rescued a baby deer that had fallen into the ocean off Long Island, New York.
The ordeal started when Storm, a 6-year-old golden retriever, saw the fawn in the water of Port Jefferson Harbour off Long Island. Storm swam out while his owner, Mark Freeley, filmed the dramatic rescue. Storm can be seen grabbing the fawn’s head in its neck and then hauling it back to shore, at which point he keeps nudging the unresponsive deer and licking it in what appears to be an attempt to wake it up.
We really do not deserve dogs.
Of course, the fawn did finally wake up, at which point it promptly ran back into the water and had to be rescued again, this time by humans. But it is Storm’s initial lifeguard efforts that are taking the country by storm, with Storm being hailed as a hero:
I’m hoping he stars in the “Baywatch” sequel so he can just run down the beach in slow motion as a lifeguard.
The 3-month-old fawn is currently recuperating at the Save The Animals Rescue Foundation.