Two local police officers happened to be in the right place at the right time for one unlucky buck, who found himself stuck in freezing river water on the Big Thompson River in Colorado .
The river was frozen, and the buck was struggling to get himself out of the water because of the ice. Really, the river was partially frozen but not frozen solid enough to hold the weight of this big guy. Thank goodness these two were there to help him before he drowned.
The Big Thompson River starts in the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park. It runs through various sections of public and private property as it flows to the town of Estes and into Lake Estes. Several hundred mule deer make their home in the park. They are about three feet tall at the shoulder and weigh anywhere between 100 and 300 pounds. The males have forked antlers, like this guy in the video. In addition to situations like this one, they have to worry about being eaten by mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats. They also occasionally get hit by cars.
This area is know for winter recreation activities. You can see elk, mule deer, moose, and other large mammals in the park. Elk and mule deer are most active at dusk and dawn, and are usually seen in meadow areas. You may also run into coyotes, bighorn sheep and unusual birds while you’re out snowshoeing, sledding or cross-country skiing.
Thank you, officers, protect and serve!