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February 06, 2007

Bambi on Ice

Lindsay and I just got back from a 4 day weekend in Disney world and it was really fun. I had never been before and I really enjoyed it. Great rides, great food, great times. I really loved Epcot and the international themes.

This post is actually not about Disney though. My recent trip simply inspired the title. Keep reading to find out what this post is really about. It is a true story.

We got back in from Florida last night and it was 22 degrees below freezing in philadelphia. That is COLD. Apparently it has been cold here in PA for the past several days. On my way to work this morning, everything was frozen. Even the creeks near my house were covered in ice. I love this cold weather and lindsay and I were enjoying all of the wintry views on our way to work.

As we drove across a bridge over the White Clay Creek, I looked to the right to take in the icy scenery and I saw something I have never seen in my life before. There, in the middle of the frozen creek, a deer was laying on the ice. I simply couldn't believe it, so i turned the car around and pulled off the road. I got out of my car and walked through the field for a closer look. Sure enough, a deer was laying sprawled out on the ice.

I was perplexed. As I got nearer, I realized that the deer was not simply enjoying a cool nap, it was stuck out there. One leg was through the ice and it had been unable to stand up on the slippery ice. It was clear that the deer had been there for quite some time.

I climbed down the bank and inched out on the ice to see if I could help the poor animal. It saw me and its eyes were filled with terror. Helplessly, it thrashed around on the ice bleeding and clearly unable to stand. It pulled its foot out of the hole, but was still not able to stand. With every attempt its hooves slipped on the ice and flew in every direction. Panicked, but exhausted, it gave up and laid back down, its sides heaving. It was heartbreaking to see an animal so completely helpless in such fear and pain.

I just didn't know what to do. Every time I tried to approach, it just freaked out. I was afraid that it would hurt itself even more if I stayed there. Even if I was able to get to it without the ice breaking, I didn't know if there was anything I could do.

Lindsay and I talked about what we could do and we came up with a plan. We could call a couple of friends of ours who know a lot about deer and see if we could enlist their help.

Jacob Altimus and Chuck Frishmouth are remodeling a bathroom at Jason's house near Newark (they do truly astounding remodeling work). They both know a lot about deer and they are really cool guys. I called them and told them about it. The 3 of us decided to take an early lunchbreak and go back to see what we could do for the deer.

When we arrived the deer was still lying there, barely moving, but alive. Chuck and Jacob looked at it and determined that, if we could get it off of the ice, it would probably live. It had relatively minor wounds and could heal if it was able to warm up, rest, and eat. Left alone though, it would surely die.

We got a rope from Jacob's truck and to tie it up. It was frightened and struggled at first, but we put a blanket over its head to calm it down (Chuck "the deer whisperer" knew to do this) This quieted it down enough for us to tie the rope around it.

Although the ice was thick enough to walk on, we had to be careful. It cracked loudly under us when Chuck and i got too close together. The thought of falling through the ice into a freezing creek and getting kicked in the head by a frightened deer was not a pleasant one. We slowly and carefully pulled the deer across the slick ice until we could stand on the bank and continued to pull it until we could reach it with our hands. We then picked the deer up, being careful to keep its head covered, and carried it up the steep bank into a field. We untied the rope and took the blanket off of its head.

The deer sprung back to life and tried to run away. At first its legs were not working properly. It fell to the ground shaking. It was probably hypothermic and exhausted from laying on the ice for so long. After a moment, it stood again and was more sure on its feet this time. It carefully made its way over to a hedge row where it could lay down in the sun. It was sheltered from the wind and in an area with grass and plenty of sunshine. With a little bit of time, it should be as good as new. Hopefully it will stay off of the ice from now on.

Posted by collin on February 6, 2007 01:40 PM


Where was this? Just in case it doesn't make it-- I 'm in the mood for some deer jerkey.

Posted by: The Deer Hunter on February 6, 2007 04:59 PM

I don't know if you know this about me, but I like to stick deer legs in frozen creeks.

Posted by: SnakeMan on February 6, 2007 08:27 PM

I hope I didn't fund this little expedition.

Posted by: jason on February 6, 2007 09:51 PM

Good deeds like this definitely will not be overlooked or go unrewarded.

Also, I hope Jason WAS funding this little expedition since he was obviously too busy to help.

Posted by: Jack on February 7, 2007 09:46 AM

I think they are going to use the deer antlers in the new bathroom so its a win-win for all.

Posted by: Jonathan on February 7, 2007 10:20 AM

Ian, please post about your recenty trip!

Posted by: Anonymous on February 7, 2007 10:21 AM

you better believe they go rewarded - that deer is going to be all the bigger for me to eat!

Posted by: Anonymous on February 7, 2007 11:23 AM

mmmm deer jerky...

Posted by: jaysonjaz on February 7, 2007 12:00 PM

yo that is one crazy story collin. that deer owes you one, guess you can call up a favor if you ever get lost in the woods.

Posted by: bsweber on February 7, 2007 12:07 PM

"It cracked loudly under us when Chuck and i got too close together."


Posted by: childish on February 7, 2007 01:10 PM

great story. i really hope some day collin is trapped in quicksand or something and a deer comes and helps him out and then collin remembers when he helped the deer and the deer smiles or something. and maybe jason is trapped too and the deer kicks some poo at him because jason grumped about money and the deer remembered because he is a huge blogger
deerjohn.com and he is also one of the best web designers in nature so he starts to help collin design the new chase stuff and the deer gets the new contract and then he hires jason because at heart he is a good deer. the end

Posted by: josh on February 7, 2007 02:23 PM

Jason-- Bryan mentioned nobody has seen you at Chase since your jaunt to Florida. Please let us know if we should call off the hounds?

Posted by: Missing Persons on February 7, 2007 03:42 PM

funny thing is any other weekend, chuck would be shooting that deer instead of saving it.

Posted by: jason on February 7, 2007 09:03 PM

and yeah, I'm still jaunting in florida, that's why no one has seen me at chase. it's all good.

Posted by: jason on February 7, 2007 09:04 PM

Josh -- that was very funny! No one mentioned it so you need a shout out.

Posted by: Jonathan on February 8, 2007 11:01 AM

A truly awesome story. Jason, don't worry - I'm confident that you'll find a way to deduct the cost of this little expedition from taxes.

Posted by: Mike on February 17, 2007 12:50 PM

Disney World? Isn't that close to South Carolina?
Aaron... (a.k.a a-hole)

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