A New Jersey state trooper rescued a deer drowning in a swimming pool on Friday.
New Jersey State Trooper Dwayne Phillips was dispatched to a home in Harmony Township where he found the deer struggling for dear life in a swimming pool, WPIX reported.
State troopers aren’t trained to rescue animals from pools, but Phillips acted quickly to bring the deer to safety.
“Well, he grabbed the buck by its rack and pulled him from the water to safety!” New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post.
“Now, there is always the possibility of serious injury or worse when trying to rescue a drowning victim and even more so when the victim is a wild animal. But this trooper did an outstanding job!”
The buck took a moment to come to its senses before it ran off. Its location is unknown.
“The most rewarding thing that we can do as troopers is to save a life, human or animal,” New Jersey State Police said.