RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – Rescue workers were finally able to save a deer that was struggling to say afloat in a canal in the Rancho Cordova area for about three hours on Tuesday.

Sacramento Metro Fire crews were called to the canal near White Rock Road and Sunrise Boulevard just after 11 Tuesday morning but failed in several attempts to rope in the buck from shore. The deer was finally rescued at about 2 p.m. when a Department of Fish and Game crew arrived in a boat, roped it around the neck and dragged it to the shore.

Once onshore, the deer was put into a truck and taken to a nearby wooded area. When it was released, it skipped off and appeared to be fine, according to CBS13’s Maria Medina, who was on scene for the entire rescue.

Firefighters tried unsuccessfully to use a rope to lasso the deer, which was swimming from side to side of the canal trying to get out, but the canal was too steep to walk out and it kept falling back in.  

Several people concerned for the deer stayed on to watch the rescue efforts. “I was talking to it, saying ‘Come on baby, you can do it'” said Sherryl Simonsen. “I didn’t want anything to happen, so I just walking with him all the way down until we got kicked out.”

Comments (12)
  1. jackie says:

    Poor critter it is really difficult to get out of a canal with water in it. I hope they get it out soon, I will be checking back.

  2. Ricky P says:

    Dinner? What a waste of taxpayer money. Deer on land….Saturday night’s dinner. Deer in water….a tragedy? C’mon.

  3. redneckresearcher says:

    Ricky P you are a meany. Have you ever tried to get out of a canal with water in it, I’ll bet not, especially with four legs and rather sharp hoofs to boot

  4. Elliott the Cat says:

    They should get Maria Medina , She likes it in the Canal !

  5. Neighborsvoice_in_Idaho says:

    This wouldn’t be an issue if that canal was not there shipping water from Lake Natoma to the south. Fill in the canal and keep the water wher it belongs in this region.

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  6. redneckwriter says:

    It’s actually good training for the firefighters. Swift water rescues are hard to do. Train with the deer, and maybe learn something when they have to rescue a person in the same predicament.

  7. wild bill hickup says:

    Why dont they go to the bar grab a drunk cowboy with a lariat rope and lasso the thing com’on now not hard to figure out it hold’s it’s head above water

  8. JJC says:

    I always wondered why they did not have steps every 1/4 so people and animals could get out of the water when trapped in the canal.

  9. Cmore says:

    Good heartwarming story for a change. So glad to hear of people caring so much about these beautiful creatures.

  10. jackie says:

    I saw the release of the buck on the TV news tonight, fantastic he really took off.

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