DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Davis County Sheriff deputies released video this week of their dramatic rescue of a deer from a manhole.
Davis County officials learned of the deer being stuck inside the manhole at Nicholls Park in Fruit Heights - near Highway 89 after teenagers reported it.
It was clear to Davis County Deputies the one year old fawn had no way out of the 10 foot manhole, and not knowing how long it had been stuck there, they made the decision to try to rescue it. "We knew the deer wasn't going to last long in the hole. He had no food, no water," said Davis County Sgt. Todd Taylor.
Using just a rope and a carabiner, the deputies managed to lasso the fawn around the neck and pull him to safety. "We just gave him a quick heave ho and lifted him out of the hole and we were able to lay him on the ground," said Taylor.
Deputies say the deer made an audible cry that sounded almost human when he was lifted out. Even though it may have been temporarily uncomfortable for a few moments, the deputies say it was worth saving the deer's life. "We would always rather see an animal get released back into the wild, rather than having it put down," said Davis County Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
The deer was not injured following the rescue, and deputies say once they freed it from the rope, it ran off into the nearby woods.
"The deer was happy when it was released, so I guess it was a good, happy ending," said Poulsen.
Davis County tells ABC 4 News that they have since covered up the manhole at Nicholls Park as a precautionary measure.