Jan 5, 2011

Stephens Passage, Alaska

Another neat animal story.
Four young Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel. Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat.
Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat. Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.
Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat, the Alaska Quest. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour . Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, but one deer needed more help.
Here he is being transported by Tom Satre
Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the "button" bucks to its feet. They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life." I sure it was for the deer,as well.

***This is an email I got from a friend, it looks & sounds to be true.  Anyhoo, it was a neat story & I wanted to share it with you.


  1. I'm sure this is quite a true story as the young dear do migrate, but not always adapt at following herd instict routes and get lost. And boats have assisted to the lost and stragglers. I love how the deer almost give that "thank you" in this story. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a lovely, touching and amazing story - thank you!

  3. oh wow. i think this is a great story poor deers. I am a sucker for animal stories. they make me cry !!!

  4. Oh "deer", I'm so happy they're saved. That's so cold!

  5. Great story Michelle - thanks for sharing!! Love to hear of kindness from others!

  6. We've boated in this area before and have heard such stories. The experience leaves me with mixed emotions. HOw delightful to help nature and what a wonderful experience. While some might think nature needs to take the course of nature, I want to say thank you. There have been those stories where nature has helped us, but nature always provides delight, so I think it is wonderful to have a chance to help.