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Monday, December 27, 2010

An Ultimate Animal Rescue Story

 This is something I received via email.  I'm not sure what the original source is.

Four young Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel. Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat..

Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat. Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.

Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat, the Alaska Quest. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour . Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the Harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, but one
deer needed more help. Here he is being transported by Tom Satre

Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the "button" bucks to its feet. They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life." I’m sure it was for the deer, as well.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year!  If everything is according to schedule, I am in Tennessee at this time.


  1. What a heart warming post and one with a happy ending. Thanks for sharing this Lee.

    Have a good day.

  2. oh, how I love happy endings like this one!

  3. Oh that made me feel so good and warm and fuzzy all over!!! What a great story and great folks! Thanks for posting this Arlee and enjoy your trip!
    Love Di ♥

  4. Great story. However, frozen venison once dethawed and BBQed or roasted has made a good story in our house a time or too.

    All, kidding aside, happy endings are always huge!

    Happy New Years to you and yours! I hope you have a great, safe, fun, and wonderful visit in Tennessee. If you get a chance say hello to George for me.

  5. What a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing. If you are in Tennessee, you're in snow. Enjoy!

  6. This is a great story. Enjoy your time in Tennessee.

  7. A wonderful story. It's heart warming to know that these people helped the deer rather than just leaving them in the water to die. Hope you enjoy your trip to Tennessee and all the snow.

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. What a wonderful story!
    Enjoy Tennessee.

  9. What a lovely story! Thanks so much for sharing it! :)

  10. Aw-w-w-w-w! Great story Lee. I love happy endings. :)

  11. Hi Lee .. what an amazing life story .. how wonderful .. and I do hope they were the only four .. incredible -

    Thanks so much for sharing .. cheers Hilary

  12. That's a wonderful rescue story! Thanks for posting it.

  13. What a fantastic story. Thanks for sharing it. :) And hope you had a great holiday.

  14. Fantastic story! Those folks earned a pile of "good karma" points on that day.
    thanks for posting...

  15. What a wonderful happy-ever-after story! I’m so glad good Samaritans came across those poor deer instead of hunters.

  16. That's incredible....
    I wonder if the animals got scared and jumped right back in the water as soon as they were all recovered.

  17. Thank you for sharing this story & those pictures of animals being helped. Smart deer -- they knew there were helpful people aboard that boat!

  18. That's amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. Thanks to all for the comments. We had a wonderful white Christmas in Tennessee. Next stop Houston, Texas for New Year's.
    Have a great New Year's to all of you!



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