Email I received: The best day of fishin' ever!!!

Reply Wed 29 Dec, 2010 11:00 pm
Forwrded to me:
The best day of fishin' ever!!!
I've heard of salmon jumping into boats but. . . . . . 4 had to be the daily limit I'm sure!

Four young Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel. Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat..http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/neologist/Thebestday1.jpg
Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat. Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.
Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat, the Alaska Quest. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour . Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, but one
deer needed more help. Here he is being transported by Tom Satre
Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the "button" bucks to its feet. They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life." I'm sure it was for the deer, as well.
I don't know the folks, but I thought it would be a good story to forward.
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Reply Thu 30 Dec, 2010 08:16 am
That's some kind of crazy!

Animal rescue stories are always worth sharing. Thanks!
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Reply Thu 30 Dec, 2010 08:48 am
Good thing Sarah Palin wasn't on the boat, she would have shot them as they climbed on board.

(Thanks for a nice story, Neo)
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Reply Thu 30 Dec, 2010 10:35 am
Good tale, Neo. I wonder how number Four is doing now..
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Reply Thu 30 Dec, 2010 10:48 am
great tale, i shared it on Roberta's Beautiful Animal thread, with link back to here
Reply Thu 30 Dec, 2010 06:46 pm
Neologist, Thanks for the great story. It has warmed the cockles of my heart. Until now, I didn't know that my heart had cockles. I'm stunned that wild animals would turn to humans for help. Amazing.

dj, Thanks for steering me here.
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