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Good Samaritan helps rescue deer from All American Canal

June 7, 2010 |  6:51 pm

Deer Rescue
A Good Samaritan helped authorities rescue a wayward deer in Riverside County by lassoing the animal as it swam in 12-foot water in the All American Canal, officials said Monday.

The deer was rescued from the canal in the Coachella area shortly before noon Sunday. The animal may have fallen in the canal while taking a drink as the region baked in temperatures that topped 100 degrees,  the county Department of Animal Services said.

A Riverside County animal control officer and a state Fish and Game warden tried to rescue the mule deer with ropes, the department said. At one point, the warden swam in the canal and tried to coax the animal out of the water.

In the end, the Samaritan was able to use his rope to help haul the deer to safety, the department said.
The deer was placed in an air-conditioned truck for observation and was released near Berdoo Canyon Road, according to the department.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: A Fish and Game warden tries to rescue deer. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services.