A rescue team had to pull a whole herd of real-life Bambis to safety when they plunged into a frozen lake after the ice collapsed underneath them. The stricken herd - crossing a lake in Gryfice, in north west Poland - were spotted by anglers who called emergency services when they saw the ice suddenly shatter underneath them.
Friderich Kozłowski, 39, said: "If
they had crossed one at a time they would have been okay but they tried to go all
together and then one slipped and fell - and broke right through the ice. The
rest then fell through the hole as well. They may not have realised it
was ice, there was a lot of snow covering it."
make-shift lassos made from their hoses to snare the deer and pull them back to
the banks. Local fire chief Marcin Wawrzynski said: "Our men were dressed
in special thermal suits so they got into the water to try to herd the deer
towards a second group of firemen who lassoed them with rubber hoses and hoisted
them to shore."
Firefighters dried off the deer with blankets and straw
before asking a vet to check them over. "They were cold and in shock but
after a while they were warm and dry again and ready to go back to the woods,"
said local wildlife expert Adam Urbanski.