(KMSP) - A video of a deaf Minnesota man recounting his story after rescuing a deer from a frigid river is capturing hearts all over the Internet. The rescue happened along Interstate 35 in northern Pine County on the icy Kettle River.
In the video, Steven Peterson, of Duluth, explained in American Sign Language that he was driving Monday when he saw the deer struggling in the river and felt he had to do something.
Peterson, 50, told the Duluth News Tribune he was returning from a trip in Missouri for Christmas when he “noticed what looked like a rock bobbing up and down.” He said he kept driving north but “dwelled on what he really saw in the river,” so he turned around.
Peterson said he considered calling 9-1-1 as authorities would most likely recommend in such a situation — “but being a deaf individual, I knew the struggle to communicate with the police would take too long. I knew if I tried my best, I might be able to save this animal."
The Duluth man says the deer is safe now and he hopes it might find its mother. He waited and watched it for an hour to make sure it was okay.
Watch post-rescue video below -- (Full video of the rescue can be viewed here, via the Duluth News Tribune)