Gil Lancour, a cranberry grower, was returning from lunch when he noticed a deer struggling on the frozen reservoir. He felt he had to assist the poor doe because she was helpless and all by herself. But she was frightened by his truck.
So the 32-year-old employee of Elm Lake Cranberry Co. drove first to his house, which is close to the farm, and got his ice cleats and a dog leash. He made a call to John Moss, then went back to the scene while parking a distance from the doe and walking.
Gil has worked at the cranberry farm for almost 13 years under the ownership and management of John Moss and family. When John came, Gil was talking to the deer next to her to attempt to calm her down. John started recording as Gil applied pressure to the doe.
Gil continued gently and gradually pushing until they reached firm ground because the deer didn’t seem to mind at all, as if she knew he was there to help. The doe was able to stand up and leave that location unhаrmed.