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Video: Responders Were Too Slow, so These Total Strangers Rescued a Drowning Deer Together

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These bystanders couldn’t stand by and watch this deer drown.

Raging higher-than-normal floodwater conditions and a young deer in distress brought together a group of complete strangers in Waterloo, Iowa.

The deer ended up trapped near a bridge, held there by fast-moving waters. When the police and DNR didn’t immediately respond, the group of spectators decided to take matters into their own hands. See some video of the rescue and hear from the bystanders below.

“At first a lot of people were frustrated and sad,” 19-year-old Karen Leeper told The Gazette about the incident. “It was just really heartbreaking to see the deer float down the stream, and  (the deer) was helpless.”

Quickly, the group was able to come up with the plan to save the deer from certain death.

“Nobody said, it’s just a deer; you should let nature take its course,” Leeper said. “Nobody knew each other. It was just the community coming together.”

I’ve written about a lot of animal rescues, but this one is really cool just because of how it brought these strangers together. Well done, Waterloo!

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Video: Responders Were Too Slow, so These Total Strangers Rescued a Drowning Deer Together