Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dog Rescues a Drowning Deer and Becomes a Social Media Hero

Dog Rescues a Drowning Deer and Becomes a Social Media Hero

“Good boy, Storm!” a man’s voice says in the video, calling to a yellow Labrador paddling toward a brown lump bobbing in the water of Port Jefferson Harbor off Long Island. Taking it in his mouth, the dog hauls it toward the beach, a moment filmed by his owner on Sunday that has been seen by 4.5 million and counting on Facebook.

Photo Credits :(Storm, a 6-year-old English Labrador retriever, pulled a fawn from Port Jefferson Harbor. The fawn is recovering at Save the Animals Rescue Foundation in Middle Island, N.Y.
CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times)

The lump was a fawn, which the dog dragged onto the sand. There it lay, alive but barely moving.
Storm gently nudged the fawn’s belly. It scarcely responded. He nuzzled it again. Nothing. He pawed at its tiny hooves. Then the video ended.
The video footage has launched Storm to sudden social media stardom and sent him on a tour of morning TV talk shows.
Banish any thought that the dog, a 6-year-old English Labrador retriever owned by Mark Freeley, a personal injury lawyer from East Setauket, N.Y., might have simply been following his instinct to retrieve.

In the video, Storm licks the deer’s jugular. “It was so touching,” Mr. Freeley said. “It showed he really had a care and was worried about the fawn.”
Mr. Freely said he left to get help. He called a group he knew, Strong Island Animal Rescue League. Frank Floridia, who runs the organization, arrived with leashes and nets.
By then, the fawn had wobbled back up. It took one look at the men and two dogs and darted back into the water, Mr. Floridia said. “They are animals of flight; they are going to take off wherever they can go,” he said. “In a yard, they will smash through a wooden fence.”
The fawn paddled out again, this time about 250 feet. After a failed attempt by Storm to fetch it once more, Mr. Floridia took off his shirt and, in his sneakers and shorts, swam out and grabbed the deer.
“A dog with his need to retrieve spearheaded the rescue,” said Ms. Kutzing, the animal rescuer. The details, she said, do not really matter “as long as the ending is happy.”


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