A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer was called into an unusual situation after two deer ended up 1,000 feet offshore at a beach in Florida on Sunday.
Major Bruce Cooper was patrolling Panama City Beach when a kayaker flagged him down, alerting the officer that she had spotted a pair of deer run directly into the water, swimming away from the shore.
After quickly surveying the sea, Cooper spotted two heads in the water, noting they looked just like two birds sitting on the surface, and immediately moved in. As he approached the two deer it was apparent they were extremely fatigued and disoriented from battling the rough seas.
He was able to safely guide them back toward the shore and eventually the doe and her yearling ran into St. Andrews State Park to safety.
When duty calls…