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Deer rescued from icy pond in South Hill

Deer rescued off icy pond in South Hill

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews rescued a deer off a frozen pond in South Hill Thursday.
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Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews rescued a deer off a frozen pond in South Hill Thursday.

The deer was standing in the middle of a frozen pond, too exhausted to move.

A passerby spotted it just before 9 a.m. Thursday and knocked on the door of the property owner on 152nd Street East.

The owner immediately summoned the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue’s swift water rescue team.

The deer, believed to be a female, was on top of the ice.

“It was so slippery, she couldn’t walk,” said Capt. Darrin Shaw of Central Pierce Fire. “Wildlife (officers) went out on the pond and lassoed the deer and pulled it back in.”

One officer held onto the deer as other officers pulled the two across the ice and back onto solid ground.

To warm the deer up, the homeowner put blankets in the dryer and wrapped the deer in them.

By 11 a.m., the deer was strong enough to stand on its own and hopped back into the forest.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.


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