Buckhorn man hailed as hero for saving a deer that had fallen through the ice

Neighbour Shelley Fine's story and photos on Lower Buckhorn Lake Facebook group are going viral

A Buckhorn man, identified only by his first name Rob, with the deer he rescued after it had fallen through the ice on Lower Buckhorn Lake on January 14, 2021. After recovering, the deer returned to the woods. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)
A Buckhorn man, identified only by his first name Rob, with the deer he rescued after it had fallen through the ice on Lower Buckhorn Lake on January 14, 2021. After recovering, the deer returned to the woods. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)

A Buckhorn man is being hailed as a hero for saving a young deer that had fallen through the ice on Lower Buckhorn Lake on Thursday (January 14).

His neighbour Shelley Fine shared the news with photos on the Lower Buckhorn Lake Facebook group on Thursday night, where it’s quickly going viral.

“This has been such a heartwarming day,” Fine writes in her Facebook post. “My neighbour spotted a young deer who had fallen through the ice and went out in his kayak to save her with a rope.”

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Fine, who only identifies her neighbour by his first name Rob at his request, goes on to describe his heroic efforts to save the deer.

“She struggled for an hour as he tried to get her up on solid ice but she kept going under,” she writes. “He saw she wasn’t going to make it so he crawled out on his belly and used his hands to pull her to safety.”

Rob heads out in his kayak to rescue a deer that had fallen through the ice on Lower Buckhorn Lake. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)
Rob heads out in his kayak to rescue a deer that had fallen through the ice on Lower Buckhorn Lake. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)

“He carried her to his shed and he and his wife dried and warmed her off. The deer slept for three hours then took off like a shot.”

Fine calls Rob a hero in her post.

“You acted from your heart,” she writes. “Bravo and so happy the deer was saved.”

After an hour of the deer struggling to get back on solid ice, Rob crawled out on the ice and pulled the deer to safety. He and his wife took the deer to their shed where they dried her off and warmed her up. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)
After sleeping for three hours, the deer woke up and took off into the woods. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)
After sleeping for three hours, the deer woke up and took off into the woods. (Photo: Shelley Fine / Facebook)

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