Deer Rescued From Sea During Hurricane Sandy

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As the Northeast accesses the damage from the devastating Hurricane Sandy, the first inspiring rescue stories are starting to surface. According to NBC New York, a frightened deer was rescued from the rough surf of a Monmouth county beach in New Jersey.

NBC New York was on the scene Sunday, filming the incoming storm, when their cameraman spotted a deer stranded in the water. The animal was unable to get back on to the beach due to the rocks surrounding the shoreline. Worried about the creature's safety, an onlooker sprang into action. Resident Joe Schaedel started running parallel to the animal in hopes of scaring it away from rocks and to a safe stretch of the beach.

"I didn't want him to get in the rocks, so I was just trying to force him out, scare him almost," said Joe Schaedel. "He was very confused, scared by everything."

Schaedel's unusual tactic ended up helping the animal. The deer struggled onto the sand, where officials from Animal Control and Humane Society were able to reach it. ACHS tranquilized the deer and took it back to their shelter.

Veterinarians found that the young buck had a broken leg, which they are now treating. The deer is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the help of a few quick thinking citizens.

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Erich Walsh is the man in the picture who pulled the drowning deer out to safety.

November 07 2012 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Yes and the rocks are smooth from where and tear of the ocean. The deer never would of gotten it's footing.

October 30 2012 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, but what about the erosion of the rocks?!?! No one seems to care about them. They could be totally chaffed by the rough seas. Under that rock hard exterior is a sensitive rock hard interior.

October 30 2012 at 9:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hawa is stupid and one of those people with no heart or compassion. Get a life animals need to be rescued just like people. This being said by a woman who has rescued over 550 dogs from death in shelters and on the streets. Dogs that were skin and bones, broken legs, seizures, acid burns, abused and yes puppy mill dogs. If I can't find a home for them they live out the rest of there life with me. I would of done something for this deer rather than see it drown and with a broken leg it would od died. Step up everyone and stop animal abuse and animals from idiots like Hawa.

October 30 2012 at 8:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Beautifully said! And thank you so much for all you do for our animals.

October 30 2012 at 11:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Zio raggio

Hawa, not all "humans" as you so well put it, understand what a confused scared Deer is thinking as well as you do *?* especially during a crises. This particular Human witnessed what looked to be a Deer that was possibly and probably going to drown, so he did what "he" (and many others humans with hearts) did what he thought was right and putting his own life at risk saved the life of this Deer.

Now I ask you Hawa, are you sure this Deer would have came back to shore as scared and confused as it was? oh ya, backed by a broken leg!?!?

Props go out to this "Human" for making an honest and successful effort in saving a life ~

October 30 2012 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Kelli Bender,

Take a spelling class please!

October 30 2012 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Couldn't come in because of the rocks and it had a broken leg.

October 30 2012 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the reason it was going out to sea was because these humans were scaring it out.. if theyd left it alone it wouldve come in..

October 30 2012 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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