Minnesota Firefighters Rescue Massive Buck From Frozen River

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Rescuers wrapped a strap around the deer's antlers and pulled it out of the water

A group of volunteer firefighters came to the aid of a huge buck that’d fallen through an ice-covered river in Minnesota.

According to Fox News, the buck was located around 8 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022, in the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls.

Fire Chief Rick Beier assembled a team of 10 firefighters to pull the large buck to shore. Video footage and images show the rescuers throwing a strap around the deer’s antlers and pulling it out of the water onto the bank.

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"We let him sit on the ice for a minute or two, and he didn’t do anything, so then we slid him to the edge," Beier told the Grand Forks Herald. "And then there’s about a 3- or 4-foot embankment, and then we got him up on the bank right on the edge of the woods."

Beier said the buck sat there for a few minutes before rising to its feet and stumbling into the woods.

No one knows how long the impressive buck had been trapped in the icy river, but the department wrote on Facebook that it was "happy to announce that this beautiful buck will live another day."

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