Monday, December 26, 2011

Reindeer Going Home

Perhaps these four young bucks living in Alaska were Santa's reindeer in training. Who knows what type of schooling the eight reindeer need before winning the spot of traveling around the world in one night? Regardless, Tom Satre's helped these four see a little more beautiful.

This story and pictures are cross listed from the originally published piece in the Juneau Empire and can be found here.

"A foursome of young button bucks fell upon some good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage by a group of locals out to enjoy the last few days of recent sunshine.

These good Samaritans describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life." A group of four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer. They swam right toward the boat, then, they started to circle the boat. They were looking up and looked like they needed help.

Four deer swim toward the Satre's boat Sunday. Once they reached the vessel, Satre said they began to circle the boat and looked obviously distressed. The typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly and once on the boat, collapsed with exhaustion. They were shivering.
Four Sitka black-tailed bucks pulled from the waters of Stephens Passage Sunday recover on the back of Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel, the Alaska Quest. All deer were transported to Taku Harbor and witnesses reported they all recovered from what appeared to be exhaustion and a bit of hypothermia. Once the group reached the dock, the first to be pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the waters of the harbor and swam to shore. He quickly disappeared into the forest. Two others followed suit, after a bit of prodding and assistance from the group.

One of the four Sitka black-tailed bucks pulled from the waters of Stephens Passage Sunday is seen being transported via wheelbarrow by Tom Satre after reaching Taku Harbor . Witnesses reported all the deer recovered fully from what appeared to be exhaustion and a bit of  hypothermia.

From left: Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help one of the "button" bucks to its feetafter they rescued it from Stephens Passage. Four bucks in all were rescued."

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  1. What an amazing story! Sounds like everyone is was in the right place at the right time.

  2. Wow. Such a heartwarming story of people coming together.

  3. What a beautiful story. What were they doing in the water in the first place? This is the 2nd story I've heard of animals being out in the water, the previous one may have been a deer too (I can't recall) but it was on its own. Thanks goodness he came along when he did and these gorgeous animals were saved.

  4. Wow, first thanks to people who rescued them.:) and thanks to you for sharing us this story, showing that human or animals should be treated equal.:) Thank you so much! :) Happy holidays! :)


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