Man In Boxer Shorts Saves Drowning Deer From Freezing Canal In Moving Video

mason.zimmer 28 May 2019

When we come upon a dangerous situation unfolding, it's common to feel compelled to either run away or freeze in place. One is a natural response to putting as much distance between you and the danger as possible and the other keeps you from making any sudden moves in case the danger is something that can notice you.

However, we're lucky enough to live among some people who get a surge of adrenaline from these situations that leads them to take action. And although this response often comes with the highest risks, it also makes for the most rewarding results when they're able to resolve the situation.

And as the full video shows, we truly never know when that instinct will trigger for us.

On Sunday, 27-year-old Marc Headon of Gainsborough, England had a fairly everyday reason to head out.

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As Lincolnshire Live reported, he and a friend were on their way to pick up his daughter when they spotted something unusual moving around in a canal near the village of Saxilby.

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At first, Headon thought he was looking at a carp tail swish around.

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Since fishing is a passion of his, he told his friend to pull over so he could get a closer look.

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And it was a good thing he did that because he soon discovered that it was actually a struggling deer.

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As he told Lincolnshire Live, "You could tell that it had been in the water for a while as it was really struggling to get back to the river bank. It was going to die and I couldn't just stand there and watch."

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So Headon stripped down to his boxers and endured the freezing waters of the canal as he swam over to rescue the deer.

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As his friend encouraged him and filmed his actions, Headon swam back to shore with the deer in his arms.

As he said, "I don't really know why I jumped it adrenaline just sort of took over."

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Although it was still conscious by the time Headon reached land, the deer was still feeling the extreme effects of the cold water.

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As Headon said, "When the deer got out of the water it was shivering and couldn't walk by itself."

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Fortunately, it wasn't long before someone drove by with some blankets.

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Naturally, Headon was also feeling cold considering he had just took a freezing plunge in his underwear, but he said the adrenaline kept him going.

As he put it, "I was stood at the side of the road in my boxers for 10 to 15 minutes, I was back to normal within 20 minutes after drying off."

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Although he had done a lot to help keep the deer warm, Headon was at a loss as to what to do from there.

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He called the police who then directed him to the local Wildlife Trust. Acting on their advice, he took the deer to a nearby friend's house and fed it a banana.

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Within the hour, the deer was reportedly much calmer and able to walk under its own power.

His friend would then release the deer back into the wild later on in the day.

As Headon told The Daily Mail, "It was good to save a deer it makes me feel really proud. We actually thought it was going to die as it was shaking and couldn't get up onto its feet."

h/t: Linconshire Live

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