This is the moment the fire brigade rescues a frightened baby deer that had fallen into a trench before later managing to reunite it with its mother.
The fawn fell into the narrow trench outside the window of a building on the campus of Western University in the city of London in Canada’s Ontario Province on the evening of 1st June.
The London Fire Department, whose officials were called to the scene by campus police, posted the video on Twitter shortly after the rescue took place.
In the 45-second-long clip, two firemen are seen descending a ladder to rescue the baby deer, which appears to be in distress due to its loud, frequent bleating.
One of them manages to take the animal in his hands and bring it up to ground level where a number of colleagues are congregated.
One official picks up the deer and carries it off for it to be reunited with its mum.
The London Fire Department’s platoon chief, Colin Shewell, told CBC: “There was a baby deer in distress next to a building.
“We were able to wrap in a blanket and quickly extricate it. We released it in a field next door to the building and the mother deer was actually wandering around the area.”
Faculty staff member Scott MacDougall-Shackleton commented on the footage: “This is great, but this type of window well is a wildlife death trap. Other smaller animals that don’t attract the attention of passersby die of starvation in them.”
Twitter user ‘Shaz Donachie’ commented: “Oh, it’s tiny! Well done on the rescue.”
The London Fire Department also credited Western University in its post, stating that it was a “great team effort”.