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How Do You Save A Deer That’s Trapped On Thin Ice? Just Blow Her Ashore With A Helicopter
March 2, 2013
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When the ice is too thin to walk on, and a young deer finds herself unable to stand and walk back to shore, what can a concerned person do to help?

Well, here's one solution: use a helicopter.

This footage was shot in Antigonish Bay, Nova Scotia by Ian Waugh, a retired biologist from Alberta.

Waugh saw a doe and fawn stuck on the ice. He says the doe struggled for hours, trying to stand up but it just kept falling. The ice was too thin to walk on.

So, Waugh got in touch with the Department of Natural Resources, and they sent in Dave Farrell, a helicopter pilot who had a trick up his sleeve.

He used the wind from the helicopter's rotor blades to push the doe off the ice. Farrell told CBC Nova Scotia that he's used the same trick before, and he was happy to see the doe make it to shore safely.

"It's a nice feeling, she was definitely in distress," he said.

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