Helicopter helps a deer – level 3
The dramatic rescue of a deer and her fawn stranded on thin ice in Nova Scotia is captured on video acquired by Reuters on Thursday.
The video was shot by a retired Canadian biologist, Ian Waugh, after spotting the doe and fawn struggling on ice in Antigonish Harbour in mid-January.
The doe struggled for hours to gain her footing on the ice while her fawn stayed close to her.
Waugh notified the Department of Natural Resources, as the ice was too thin to attempt a rescue by foot.
In a complicated manoeuvre, helicopter pilot Dave Farrell used the downdraft of the helicopter's rotor to blow the deer to shore on the slippery ice.
As the helicopter hovered approximately four feet above her, the doe struggled at first, but eventually relaxed and let the helicopter blow her to safety.
When the doe reached the shore, she was helped to her feet, and she limped away into the woods.
Interesting words: fawn (a young deer) stranded (unable to leave a place), doe (female deer), downdraft (downward current of air), rotor (part of a machine that turn around on a central point), hover (stay in one place in the air), limp (walk with difficulty).
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