by Claire Bernish, The Daily Sheeple:
“Bring him in, bring him in,” owner Mark Freeley can be heard on cellphone video, coaching his English Golden Retriever, Storm, who sprinted into Long Island Sound to save a drowning baby deer — garnering hero status the very second video was posted online.
“Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore,” Freeley told People Magazine — noting ‘even he was surprised by his dog’s behavior.’
Apparently so worried for the suffering animal, Storm rushed into the waters off Port Jefferson, New York, grabbed the deer gently but firmly by the neck, and fought his way back to the shore — where the heroic dog ran with its patient far from the water’s edge.
When Storm laid the fawn down, it remained unresponsive — so the dog began nudging the tiny deer around the face and neck, in an obvious attempt to revive it.
Although video ends at this point, Freeley told the media his pooch’s nudges indeed stirred the fawn back to life; and — spooked by the large canine and the gathering crowd of onlookers — sprinted back into the water.
At that point, he, Frank Floridia of Strong Island Rescue, and his partner, Erica Kutznig, rushed into the water, formed a human chain — and, once again, rescued the fawn who refuses to believe it isn’t a fish.
After ultimately securing a lasso around the deer — and a full eight minutes of struggling — the group understood Storm’s fortitude, and pulled the animal to safety.
“I don’t think I could’ve done it without the help of my partner. At this point, I was exhausted. My knee blew out, and I collapsed on the beach,” Florida said, adding his wife brought the fawn to their van, and transported it to a local wildlife agency.
Despite a massive tick infestation and eye injury — and time spent in the water — the tiny deer is expected to make a full recovery.