Now HERE’S a great story for you! Happy New Year!

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’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 crew, two others followed suit, but one deer needed more help.

Here he is being transported by Tom.

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 describe their experience as “one of those defining moments in life.”

Happy New Year, little Sitka deer!

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One thought on “Now HERE’S a great story for you! Happy New Year!

  1. Defining moment for sure – just goes to show you what we can accomplish if all God’s creatures work together. And a Happy New Year to you too.

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