VIDEO: A hands-on solution rescues deer from frozen pond

Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 6:59 PM CST
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CRANMOOR, Wis. (WMTV) - A video showing an unusual animal rescue in Wisconsin has been shared hundreds of times and is getting hundreds of likes.

Gil Lencour could have kept driving when he spotted a deer stranded out in the middle of a frozen reservoir on his way home for lunch in Cranmoor Tuesday afternoon. But he knew he couldn’t leave the animal behind and stuck, so he decided to stage a deer-ing rescue.

Lencour said after spotting the deer, he headed home to grab a leash, hoping that would help wrangle the deer to shore. He also called his friend, John Moss, to ask for a hand.

“She was struggling and I knew she needed help to get off the ice, I didn’t even think twice about it,” said Lencour. “She needed to get off the ice and I was the only one around to help her.”

When Moss arrived at the reservoir, Lencour said the deer started getting a bit agitated, trying to stand up. That’s when Lencour put his hands on her to try to calm her down and came up with an idea.

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“I just kind of put my hands on her and started pushing her,” he said. “I could slide her across the ice and just kept going, and got to the shore and she took off.”

Moss said when he realized his friend had the situation under control, he took out his cell phone and started filming. He shared the video with our sister station, NBC 15.

“Obviously right away I was out there to help him but after he had it under control, then I was there for the show,” Moss said.

Lencour said the deer was probably about 90 pounds, and he was able to slide her to shore while wearing ice cleats. He said he drives by the reservoir every day and knew it would be strong enough to hold him.

“I had a big smile on my face. I was happy that she was able to run off on her own,” he said.

“It was great to see that he was able to get her off the ice,” said Moss. “Who knows how long she was trapped there for and how long she was struggling. It was great to see her finally get back into the woods.”

With some final pushes, the deer secured its footing in the snow along the bank and ran off into the woods.

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