Who doesn’t love a good animal rescue story? An Ontario man is being credited as a hero after rescuing three deer from a frozen lake earlier this month. Ryan Peterson, who was doing a little ice skating on his lunch break when he came across the stranded animals, said that he knew right away that he had to do something quick to help the deer.

“I went back to work and grabbed some rope. The ice was still too thin for any kind of vehicle, so skating was the only option,” Peterson explained to social news monitoring site Storyful.

Peterson pulled off the rescue by tying ropes around each deer before slowly dragging them off the lake.

It was only after he got the fawns to the edge of the ice that they were able to regain their balance. However, one of the animals still appeared to injured to move.

“The two younger ones took off running right away, but the doe stuck around with what seemed like an injured hip or leg,” he added.

The Ontario Natural Resources Ministry reportedly told Peterson that employees would not be able to immediately help the injured animal as the lake was not entirely frozen.

It is uncertain at the moment whether rescue crews ever made it out to help the wounded female.

However, this deer rescue isn't the first time that Canadians have shown their kindness to stranded animals across the nation. 

A bizarre animal rescue made headlines this past Sunday after an alligator was spotted walking across a street in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood.

Montreal police later confirmed that the animal belonged to an exotic animal company that regularly puts on reptile demonstrations.

Employees were grabbing lunch in the area when the gator managed to slip out of the van.

In true Canadian fashion, social media flooded with concern for the gator’s safety. Thankfully, he was unharmed by the incident, though he was likely freezing.

Last week, a group of B.C. fish farmers also helped to rescue an eagle from the strong arms of an octopus who had pulled the bird into the water. 

It looks like Canadians tend to be heroes when it comes to rescuing animals in need. 

*Disclaimer: cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 


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