Created: 11/28/2013 12:38 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Firefighters donned rescue suits and ice cleats to help two deer that had been stranded on slippery Clear Lake in northern Iowa.
The Clear Lake Fire Department was notified around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday that the animals were floundering about 400 yards from shore, unable to gain purchase on the ice.
Department spokesman Billy Krefft says firefighters decided to try a rescue so others without sufficient training or safety gear wouldn't make an attempt and wind up needing rescue themselves.
The firefighters used ropes to drag the exhausted animals back to shore. Krefft says the larger of the two, a buck, was treated and then released back into the wild. The younger, smaller of the two had suffered a broken leg, so it was euthanized.
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