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Lobster Fisherman Sees Deer Drowning in Frozen Ice, Pulls Freezing Body onto Boat


A Nova Scotia couple saved a deer from drowning in ice just weeks after a serious car crash involving a deer nearly took their lives.

From her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Margo Goulden is fighting daily to recover from last year’s car accident.

Goulden and her husband, Sterling Goulden, were driving down a highway when a deer suddenly darted into their path.

The collision left both of them with injuries, but Margo’s body fared worse than her husband’s.

She’s been at home for months now, slowly recovering from serious back injuries and a broken pelvis.

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In his frustration, Sterling Goulden said he’d never again stop to help a deer.

But just 10 weeks after their dramatic car accident, Sterling did just that, at the prompting of his wife who spotted a deer trapped in the freezing ice.

“It would put its little paws up and break the ice,” Margo Goulden told CBC News.

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“But then it would put its little head down until it had enough strength to do it again.”

The doe made it all the way to the breakwater rocks, but could not climb up the slippery slope. She was so close to escaping — yet still so far away.

Freezing and exhausted, the deer would have died had it not been for Goulden’s keen eyes, watching her with a pair of binoculars from her window.

Goulden called her sister and her husband for help, CBC reported, and the couple willingly showed up with their rowboat and a handful of blankets.

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The small rowboat couldn’t make it through the ice, meaning Sterling Goulden and his boat were the next best option.

After a day of fishing for lobster, Sterling answered his wife’s plea to try and save the dying deer.

Once he spotted her body against the rocks, Sterling was able to lasso the deer and heave her onto his boat.

The man who said he’d never help a deer placed a heater near her chilled body. He gently patted her head and made sure her blankets were secure.

He docked his boat, positioning it so the deer could leave when she was ready.

“The heat must’ve been getting to her, and within an hour or so, she tried to stand up,” Sterling told Global News Canada.

“But the floor was so slippery that she looked like a — what’s the saying? A bull in a china shop.”

Eventually, the deer regained enough strength and courage to leave the boat.

“She made her way on to land, got up on top, looked back at us, and that was the last I’ve seen of her,” Sterling said.

The softhearted fisherman credits his wife for saving the deer’s life — she’s the one who spotted her — he just happened to have the right boat for the job.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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