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Storm to the rescue! Heartwarming video shows dog save drowning fawn

Storm to the rescue! Heartwarming video shows dog save drowning fawn

He couldn't tell what it was at first, but, as Storm got closer he could see an injured baby deer in the mouth of his dog.

Mark Freeley says he was walking along the beach with dogs Storm and Sarah on Sunday when his pup jumped into the Long Island Sound to investigate an object in the water.

Freeley said after the initial rescue, the deer ran back into the water, presumably frightened by Storm and the ordeal.

"And then he started nudging it, and started pulling it to make sure she's gonna be OK I guess", Freeley said. When the experts arrived to care for the fawn, it got spooked and went back out into the surf.

Once on land, the fawn ran off but soon collapsed, Freeley said.

After about eight minutes, Freeley and a member of Strong Island Rescue were able to once again save the deer for a second time.

Floridia swam out to retrieve the fawn, which he said is about 3 months old.

The fawn, according to one of the rescuers, was covered in ticks and had an eye injury.

The fawn was taken to Save the Animals Rescue Foundation, a wildlife rehabilitator in Middle Island, and is recovering nicely, Kutzing said.

Freeley's Facebook video has amassed more than 1.5 million views and more than 36,000 shares as of Monday afternoon.