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Trio treads on thin ice to rescue trapped deer

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OSCODA, MI (WNEM) -

Three Mid-Michigan men spotted a deer struggling in a frozen pond and swung into action.

Braden Morrish, 23, and Corey Morrish, 25, woke up Tuesday and spotted a deer struggling in the frozen waters of Foote Pond, just outside of Oscoda, in Iosco County.

Braden Morrish said the deer, which he judged to be about a year old, had gone through about a half-inch of ice and was unable to get out.

That’s when the brothers decided to act. They grabbed their neighbor, Dan Gary, 55, some rope and an inner tube and headed out onto the thin ice.

Gary laid on the inner tube and army-crawled out to the animal which was about 500 feet out from the shoreline. When he got close, he put his lasso skills to use and roped the deer.

The Morrish brothers were then able to pull the animal back to shore. They took off the rope, and the deer laid there for a bit, and then ran off.

Braden said the deer probably injured its leg because it had a slight limp. But he thinks it survived because later that night he saw a deer that was the same size, with the same limp, with a bigger deer.

Braden said they had noticed an area on the shoreline where it looked like another animal had laid down. He theorizes the spot was made by the yearling’s mother as it waited for the younger deer to get free of the ice.

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