NORMAN, Okla. – The pilot of a television news helicopter used the wind from the aircraft's rotor to push a stranded deer to safety after it lost its footing on an icy lake and could not get up.
A small crowd of people had gathered to watch the deer struggling without success to regain its footing near the shore of icy Lake Thunderbird about 4 p.m. Wednesday.
KWTV pilot Mason Dunn used the wind from the rotor to push the deer, initially sending it into a break in the ice where the animal managed to hold onto the ice with its front legs.
Dunn then lowered the helicopter and the wind sent the deer sliding on its belly across the ice until it reached shore, struggled to regain its footing and then scampered into a nearby wooded area.
The event was captured on news video the station aired.