Dogs are generally considered Man's Best Friend.
For good reason: they are as loyal as it gets when it comes to their human owners.
But the following photos, video and explanation describes a situation in which one canine in particular is loyal to a deer it had never met before... so much so that it jumps into a lake and rescues its fellow animal from drowning.
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This is Storm
He's an English golden retriever who lives in Long Island.
There's Trouble Out There!
He was out for a walk with his owner and his fellow dog, Sara, when he noticed something in the water and just jumped in. It was a baby deer.
"Storm plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore,” said owner Mark Freeley, who grabbed his phone and started filming.
Is He Okay?!?
As you'll see in the amazing video below, Storm didn't merely rescue the fawn. He was clearly agitated over its state, crying until it showed signs of life.
Storm's show of concern actually scared the young animal, which shot up and ran back out into the water. Thankfully, by now, others had arrived on scene and one man swam out to make a second rescue.
Got Him! Again!
Frank Floridia of Strong Island Rescue said it took about eight minutes and a rope to get a hold of the deer. He understood what Storm went through, first during the rescue and then afterward, making sure the fawn was unharmed.
Yes, He's Okay!
This is a story with a happy ending. The deer was saved from drowning and is in good health.
In the End...
The young deer is currently being cared for at an area wildlife agency until it is in better shape, while Storm is enjoying his newfound fame. And a well-deserved nap.
This really is inspiring and awesome.