Four young Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel. The deer swam directly toward the boat.
Once they reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat. Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.
The crew did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life." I'm sure it was for the deer, as well.
Poor little darlings... I'm glad they all made it to safety. Perhaps they were trying to escape from predators. They sure do have a difficult life. And they are very, very skittish. They must have been dreadfully tired, too exhausted to worry about danger. Thank goodness for the kind people in the world.