Deputy Picks Up Deer After It Wouldn’t Leave Road

DWIGHT TOWNSHIP (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy in the Thumb rescued a deer after the animal was hit and apparently too shocked to move off the road.

TV station WEYI says the incident was captured on the dashboard camera of Huron County Deputy Ryan Swartz.

The video shows Swartz picking up the doe Friday night as it stood on all fours on a two-lane road in Dwight Township, not far from the tip of the Thumb. The officer first thought it was a decoy.

Swartz moved the deer to the side of the road, stroked it a few times and then watched the animal scamper away.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson is warning people not to try a similar rescue. He says the deputy was trained.

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