Responding to a car versus deer accident in Huron County in Michigan last Friday, Deputy Ryan Swartz performed a potentially life-saving rescue of an unusual sort. No one was injured in the car but Swartz found a doe standing dazed in the middle of the road. The deer did not move when Swartz walked up to it and continued to stand still; the deputy had to think about how to get the deer off the road, for its own safety and that of other motorists.
So he picked up the deer and carried her off the road as you can see in this video, which was captured via the patrol car’s camera.
Afterwards, the deer stood on the side of the road for another ten minutes. Swartz said that he approached it again and “pet the deer behind its ears and it got its wits back together and it took off running.” He continued to watch the deer in the woods for some minutes and determined that, despite being hit by a Buick, it seemed healthy.
So often here in New Jersey we see deer lying on the side of the road after being hit by a car. Good to know that Swartz didn’t let that happen to the doe, especially as he found her frozen in the middle of the road on the very eve of deer hunting season.
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