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Photos: Deer stranded on Mississippi River ice rescued by deputies

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A deer that was stuck on a slab of ice, unable to get its footing on the slick surface, was rescued by deputies from Wisconsin and Minnesota Thursday.

The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota had gotten a few calls about the deer, which was on the Wisconsin side of the river near Red Wing, Pierce County Chief Deputy Jason Matthys told BringMeTheNews.

It was unable to get its footing and just "laid down," Matthys said.

So Goodhue reached out to Wisconsin's Pierce County Sheriff's Office, which sent Deputy Jeremy Brookshaw and an airboat to the scene.

There, he met up with Goodhue County Deputy Scott Powers.

The two used the airboat to reach the animal, then carried it off the ice and to shore.

They snapped a photo of the deer in the woods afterward, "looking back at the rescuers as if to say thanks," Matthys said.

Matthys called these types of incidents "very infrequent," though did note one time they helped a bear that had a jar stuck on its head (which The Examiner wrote about – it happened back in May of 2015).

"But you know, we’re out to serve the public and also the animals that reside here as well," Matthys said.

Pierce County posted about it on Facebook, and included photos:

As did Goodhue County:

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