A pair of cowboys came to the rescue of a deer in distress, bringing the animal to safety after he had become trapped in a canal.
Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife officers responded to a call about a mule deer swimming in the waters of a canal near Lake Pleasant. But when they arrived, they found two cowboys already on the scene, officials said.
“They had lassos and were very, very helpful in containing this mule deer,” said Officer Reuben Gonzales of Arizona Game & Fish Department, who assisted in the rescue.
Officials were able to steer the deer towards a bridge, where one cowboy stood overhead with a lasso in hand, according to video that the Arizona Game and Fish Department released.
He looped his rope around the buoyant deer’s antlers and rescuers were able to bring the animal to safety.
“We kept talking to (the cowboy) and telling him ‘You got this, just shake it off,’” Gonzales said.
After about 20 minutes, the deer was able to run into the desert.
“It is a great feeling to be able to do something like this,” Gonzales said.
“The citizens here in Arizona that are concerned, like those two cowboys who stopped, made time out of their day to do a rescue and assist us in this rescue… We’re very, very grateful for them,” he said.