TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) When a police officer checks on duty he never knows what the day will bring. That was certainly the case in Tomah early Tuesday morning when two officers tried to reunite a mother and her baby. The baby in this case was a fawn, and she lead the duo on quite a chase.
Officer Aaron Hintz has tackled his fair share of bad guys, but the Tomah police officer met his match in a two pound fawn. Hintz was on his way to work when he noticed a doe franticly pacing on he road near the Lake Tomah dam. Down the embankment, her fawn trapped on the rocks. Hintz hoped nature would take it course and mom and baby would find a way to reunite on their own, but 24 hours later the fawn was still stuck.
Hintz enlisted the help of fellow officer Tyler Franks. Hintz planned to grab the fawn and quickly carry her up the embankment. The fawn had another plan. "I got close to it, and it just, in a couple of bounds it decided it was going for it."
Just like that the fawn was free, or so the officers thought. The duo tried to push the fawn into the woods to her mom, but she took another route." She ran right into the road in into the path of an approaching car. The car stopped just in time. The fawn kept running right into town.
With the fawn fast on its feet, Hintz and Franks jumped into their squad car. They quickly caught up with the fawn just has her momma popped out of the woods. The furry family of two reunited along the side of the road. "As soon as they came together the fawn started nursing."
This unusual rescue is quickly becoming the talk of the town. The story, posted on Facebook, has close to 400 "likes". Residents calling both officers heroes. Quite the honor for Officer Franks who's been on the job for just 3 days! "Oh yeah, they totally talk about deer rescues at the academy. I was definitely prepared. Seriously, no!"
When you wear a badge there is no such thing as a typical day.
If you come across a stranded animal, Officer Hintz says it's best to leave the animal alone. Many times it will get out of trouble on its own. But if you think they need help, call a professional or your local police department.
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