Viral video shows man saving deer from icy waters

DULUTH, Minn. (WCMH)—Steve Peterson saw something bobbing in the icy river when he was driving home from a friend’s house.

According to Fox 21, he stopped his car to take a closer look. “I stopped and I looked closely, and I could see these arms struggling to stay above the water,” Peterson told. That’s when he saw that the object was a deer.

“It had icicles all over its face; it looks like it had been there for a while.”

The deer was attempting to get out of the frigid water, so Peterson pushed a log into the water and began crawling to the animal.

When he reached the deer he put a trailer strap around its head and front leg, and pulled it out of the water.

“I was completely drenched soaking wet freezing cold,” he told Fox 21.

Peterson stayed with the deer for about an hour after pulling it out of the frozen river, until he was sure it was going to live. He even decided to name the deer Miss Ice River.

“If I would have just ignored it, dismissed it, it would have eaten at me and I would have felt this sense of guilt, I would have kept thinking for years to come that I should have rescued this deer,” said Peterson. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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