HARMONY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Warren County) – A deer was rescued by a state trooper after it was discovered drowning in a swimming pool on Friday.
At 12:39 p.m., New Jersey State Police Trooper Dwayne Phillips responded to a home in Harmony Township where a worker discovered a deer drowning in a swimming pool.
When Trooper Phillips arrived, it was clear that the buck had been struggling for quite some time, state police said.
“Now believe it or not, we don’t necessarily teach recruits in the academy how to rescue drowning deer, but we do teach them how to think on their feet and adapt and improvise when a peculiar situation presents itself,” state police said on their Facebook page.
Phillips grabbed the buck by its rack and pulled him from the water to safety. There is always the possibility of serious injury or worse when trying to rescue a drowning victim and even more so when the victim is a wild animal. But this trooper did an outstanding job, state police said.
“We are happy to report that the buck eventually recovered and ran off! He was so exhausted that he hunkered down on the ground for some time before he could regain enough energy to even stand,” state police said.
The most rewarding thing that we can do as troopers is to save a life, human or animal, state police said.
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(Photo Courtesy: New Jersey State Police)