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Watch: Deer trapped on frozen Connecticut river is rescued

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SIMSBURY, Conn. — Rescuers climbed onto frozen ice in order to rescue a deer that was trapped on a Connecticut river for more than an hour Monday,  PIX11 sister station WTIC reports.

A deer trapped on a frozen Connecticut river is seen on Jan. 9, 2017. It was eventually rescued. (WTIC)

A deer trapped on a frozen Connecticut river is seen on Jan. 9, 2017. It was eventually rescued. (WTIC)

The deer was most likely chased by coyotes onto Farmington River in Simsbury, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told the station.

For more than an hour, the deer remained stuck near the bank of the river, and those monitoring it hoped the deer would be able to free itself, a Simsbury Animal Control officer told WTIC.

Wildlife experts tossed sand on the ice in hopes of helping the deer gain footing, and it was seen unsuccessfully trying to leap to its feet.

A rescuer worker eventually lowered herself onto the ice, threw a blanket over the deer and pulled it to safety around 2 p.m., video of the ordeal showed.

The deer was not initially able to run off on its own, so crews carried it away from the river and monitored it.

After warming up, the deer got up and walked away, appearing to be just fine.