This cold, exhausted deer got some last minute help in Arizona on Thursday when two cowboys whipped out their lassos and got to work.
Arizona Game and Fish wildlife officials said in a YouTube post that it's not known how long the young buck had been in the cold water, unable to climb the steep concrete walls of the canal near Lake Pleasant. However, it was clear that he was tired and in distress.
The agency got several calls regarding the trapped deer, but by the time wildlife officers arrived, a rescue attempt was already underway.
Some local cowboys had been trying to lasso the struggling deer, but without much luck from the side, so they took advantage of a bridge.
As the deer approached, one of the cowboys was able to lasso the deer around its antlers and the rescuers pulled it ashore.
The wildlife officers then hauled the deer in the bed of a truck to Lake Pleasant Regional Park, where the tired and shivering buck took about 20 minutes to gather himself.
And once he did, it was a very swift, "Byeeeee!"
Watch the entire drama unfold here:
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