Video: Baby deer trapped in mud rescued by excavator operator

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TACOMA, Washington — A heartwarming video is making the rounds on YouTube, and the video’s main characters have to be among the most unlikely pairs of all time: a fawn and a hydraulic excavator.

According to a report from WKRN News, the video was shot in Washington. A man named Bill Davis, who later posted the video to his Facebook page, was checking on some property as part of a work assignment.

When Davis encountered two fawns stuck in deep mud, he decided to take action. An excavator was brought in and the heroic rescue was made.

Of course, the rescue itself was more complex than simply scooping the young deer up and moving it to safety. Great care had to be taken throughout the operation. The brute force of the excavator definitely added suspense to the event, for it surely could have crushed the animal if the operator had made a false move.

Even as the excavator operator finally got the scoop into position to successfully pluck the fawn from the mud, it appeared that the animal might injure itself by thrashing around near the teeth on the front of the scoop.

But the patient operator eventually prevailed and the deer was able to flee to safety. It’s unclear whether the second fawn Davis encountered freed itself from the mud or was rescued in a similar fashion.

About the Author: Grant Olsen -----------------------------

Grant Olsen joined the contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." You can contact him at

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