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Baby deer rescued after falling 20 feet down manhole

Suffolk County Police Department

Emergency crews in Long Island, N.Y., rescued a baby deer Thursday that had fallen 20 feet into a manhole.

Police spent over four hours rescuing a baby deer Thursday that fell 20 feet into a manhole in Long Island, N.Y.

Landscapers working by a vacant lot under construction in Mount Sinai, N.Y., called Suffolk County Police just after 3:30 p.m. when they noticed the fawn had fallen into the manhole, police said.

Suffolk County Police Department

Emergency service officers lower Officer Walter Justincic into a manhole to rescue the fawn.

Four emergency service officers responded around 5 p.m., according to a police report, and tested the environment to make sure it was safe to descend in to the manhole.

After putting on a harness and breathing apparatus, Emergency Service Officer Walter Justincic was lowered approximately 18-20 feet down to the deer, police said.

Justincic put a separate harness on the torso of the deer, which police said was crying but otherwise seemed fine.


The officers hoisted the deer to ground level at around 8 p.m. and then brought up Justincic back up.

The officers then released the deer and it ran into the woods, seemingly unscathed.

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