Firefighters Rescue Deer From Sacramento Canal

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Two deer were rescued Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, from a concrete canal in Sacramento, California. (Credit: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire)

Firefighters in Sacramento pulled two deer from a rain-swollen canal on Monday.

The process of rescuing an animal “is always risky,” said Michelle Eidam, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. “You’re trying to protect the animal. At the same time, you’re trying to protect the rescuers.”

Deer sometimes jump the fence that borders the waterway and, once in, easily end up in the water, she said. At the time of Monday’s rescue in the canal near Hazard Avenue and Tributary Point Drive, the rain was heavy, and the steep-sided concrete canal was slick.

Workers with Sacramento Fish & Wildlife had spotted the deer in the canal and notified Metro Fire.

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