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Ice Skater Saves the Day for Group of Deer Stuck on Ice in Canada

There's nothing harder to watch than a deer trying to walk across solid ice.

If you haven't seen it in person, you've undoubtedly seen it online. Seeing a deer helplessly try to make their way across a frozen lake or pond is brutal, usually because there's nothing anyone can do to help.

On occasion, however, a Good Samaritan will find a way to save the day, whether it's with a snowmobile or an ATV.

In this particular case, though, we see a man save a group of stranded deer using a method you'd never expect.

Watch the video below:

This Ontario lake was covered with a layer of ice thick enough for a deer to not fall through, but not thick enough to support the weight of a vehicle, according to a report from The Guardian.

Ryan Peterson was ice skating at the Lake of the Woods near Kenora during his lunch break when he spotted the deer.

"I figured I'd go back and eat lunch and grab some rope," he said. "I gave the about an hour or so. They were still in the same place when I came back, and that's when I pulled them into shore."

Who would've ever thought to rescue deer by skate?

Fortunately all the deer ended up walking away unscathed, too, as Peterson was able to safely deliver each to the bank.

So, if you ever find yourself needing to get a deer, a dog or some other animal off a frozen lake, there's always a trusty pair of skates!