Boaters Give Drowning Fawn CPR

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The baby deer is recovering with the help of a wildlife rehabilitator

Boaters on Lake Tyler in East Texas used CPR to save a drowning fawn's life.

According to KETK, Brian Ballard and his wife discovered the lifeless animal floating in the water.

“We were pulling into the channel, which is no wake, and I saw something in the water. I thought it was a dead fish. I pulled beside it and looked over and saw it was a deer,” Ballard said.

Another boater saw Ballard pull the fawn out of the water and decided to help.

“If you would have seen it, it was clearly dead but it had life in its eyes so I killed the boat and took off my shirt and jumped over to their boat,” said Ashton Byrd, who began giving the deer chest compressions and breaths. 

Ballard and Byrd took turns giving the fawn CPR and mouth to mouth until it revived.

The fawn is now recovering and getting stronger each day, thanks to the help of a wildlife rehabilitator.

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