An English golden retriever named Storm is being hailed a hero, reports CBS New York, after the “caring and loyal” pup rescued another animal who was in danger.
The swift and compassionate 6-year-old dog took matters into his own paws on Sunday morning during what should have been a casual walk on the beach. Storm was with his owner Mark Freeley when they both spotted a fawn struggling too far out in the Long Island Sound, off of Port Jefferson, New York.
“Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore,” Freeley said. The proud owner said even he was surprised by the dog’s behavior.
Once the baby deer reached the shore, it laid down — and Storm got right down next to it, nudging and pulling on the scared animal as if to make sure it would be okay. Unfortunately, this had the opposite effect: The frightened fawn was likely spooked by the pup, as well as the people gathering to help, and it ran back into the water.