Rescue
Baby deer swims through floods of hurricane Ida hoping man will save it
It's amazing he heard his cries over the chaos.
Rebecca Reid
09.24.21

As Hurricane Ida swept through Louisiana, the negative impact was felt across the state and beyond.

There are a few stories, however, that have come out of the storm that remind us just how caring and giving people are to others.

This particular story shows that kindness is extended to animals in such times, too.

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A cry for help is answered.

Daniel Fears of Madisonville, Louisiana decided to ride out the storm at his home near New Orleans. In a viral video of his experience dealing with the storm’s devastation, he encounters a baby deer crying out for its mom.

“I started hearing the baby dear crying..calling for mom and I was like, alright I’ve got to put my bathing suit on and go get the deer.” – Daniel Fears

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He was prepared to go after the baby deer but was surprised that it came right up to him.

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“He came swimming up in the backyard…He swam right up to me and I grabbed him and walked back upstairs.” – Fears

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Daniel shared photos and video of him feeding the deer some blueberries and he also gave his new friend a name, Buck.

“I fed him and gave him what I could…The hardest thing was I didn’t know what he wanted…they get dehydrated real quick so gettin fluids in him was the main goal. He was very traumatized in the beginning. He kind of warmed up to me the next day.” – Fears

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Daniel shared that Buck loved watermelon but wasn’t too keen on lettuce.

“He took a bite of lettuce, spit it out.”

The deer was feeling very at home with Daniel while flooding from the storm persisted.

“It was very bizarre because when we were inside, we bonded very well…he followed me everywhere. I put him in the bed with me he smelled great…he didn’t smell like a stinky dog either” – Fears

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Daniel shared videos of Buck going with him in his Kayak and in car rides.

It was obvious these two were becoming best buds.

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“I put him in the truck and take him everywhere because I didn’t want to leave him here.” – Fears

Daniel sang in one of his videos “On an adventure with Buck…” as he shows Buck sitting in the front seat.

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When it came time for Buck to venture outdoors, Daniel noticed he wasn’t sticking around.

“When we got outside he would run away from me.”

Fear could hear the baby deer calling for his mama.

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“I found that was a very good sign that he was ready to go back.” – Fears

When the water was down again, Daniel let Buck out but it turned out to be the last time the two would see each other.

“The first day the water was down, I let him out there…he was gone.” – Fears

Daniel shared the news in a video,

“So he’s gone it’s a good thing.”

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Daniel shared an inspiring image of a rainbow stretching across the sky.

The flooding down below is devastating but Daniel looked at the image of the rainbow and said, “Absolutely amazing.”

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His positive outlook, humor and selfless devotion to the little fawn is inspiring.

“Buck was at the house for three days…It was a very good feeling knowing he wanted to get out…I’m very confident he made it to his mom.”- Fears

When he shared his feelings about why the baby deer left, he joked,

“I’m good lookin but obviously not enough for a deer.”

See the heartwarming video of Buck’s rescue and release in the video below!

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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