A brave group of whitewater kayakers managed to save a drowning deer, despite the dangerous conditions.
The deer was spotted by Fabrizio “Gass” Capizzo and his friends, as they were paddling on the Candigliano River close to San Marino in Italy.
Capizzo managed to video the small deer’s struggles trying to escape from the turbulent current in the river, using his head-cam.
Although Capizzo and his friends tried to catch the deer by surrounding it on every side, they failed. The frightened deer slid between them and was swept away further downstream along with the swift current.
But Capizzo was not ready to give up just yet. He turned his Kayak around and followed the deer, trying to grab it. Luckily, he could grasp ahold of the deer and tow it to safety before she slipped away too far into the deep waters. On the shoreline, one of his friends pulls the panicked animal out of the water.
Even though a man on shore suggested to carry the deer by the horns, Capizzo strongly disagreed. The man cradled the deer in his arms instead. Safety back, the men tried to warm the deer to ensure that she could stand up. Soon after that, the little deer wanders off on her own.
One of the Kayakers managed to snap a picture of the deer before it walked away. “Soriano” (smile), he said before taking the picture.
According to various studies, over 60 species of deer roaming the planet and found in every continent except Antarctica.
Deer live in habitats ranging from mountainous areas to warm and wet rainforests. The only kind of deer in Africa is the Barbary Red Deer.
The common name deer has the hoofed ruminant mammal forming the family Cervidae. The deer’s two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer, the elk, the chital, and the Capreolinae, reindeer, roe deer, and the moose.
The presence of antlers can differentiate them. The only female deer with antlers is the Female Caribou.
Click on the video to watch the exciting deer-saving mission.
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