Rescue crews free deer stuck in pond for nearly a day
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Rescue crews free deer stuck in pond for nearly a day

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    The Roxbury Fire Department and OEM respond Sunday, March 19, 2017, on Mills Pond in Roxbury, N.J., to rescue a deer, which became stuck in a partially frozen pond.

ROXBURY, N.J. >> Crews have rescued a deer that was stuck in a frozen pond in New Jersey for nearly a day.

The deer was pulled from the water in Roxbury shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday. But the animal initially struggled to walk on its own and it wasn’t immediately known if it had suffered any injuries.

The rescue came shortly after an amphibious land boat that crews were using to get near the deer started taking on water, forcing the rescuers into the pond’s cold waters. But officials say none of them were injured.

The deer had gotten stuck about 60 yards off shore on Saturday morning. Crews then worked for most of the day to free the animal, but eventually had to suspend their efforts around dusk.

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