Local Residents And Lifeguards Rescued A Deer From A Malibu Beach
In a story posted today on their blog, the L.A. County Lifeguards recounted a heartwarming story of when Malibu residents and lifeguards banded together and rescued a deer from a Malibu beach.
The year-old doe, since named "Bo," somehow found her way on the wrong side of the PCH that morning and out of the safe confines of Malibu Creek State Park. Residents of Malibu Road called authorities that morning to report the animal, and to ensure Bo wouldn't get spooked and flee into the surf before help arrived they formed a perimeter on the beach to keep random people or dogs from getting too close.
The plan was for animal control to arrive and tranquilize Bo to make sure her rescue would go off without a hitch. However, the Worst Person Ever came by in the form of a jogger who wouldn't change his path, and Bo panicked and jumped into the surf. Bo had gone rogue.
Malibu resident Bo Bazylevsky (who the deer was named after) was quick thinking and grabbed his paddleboard, and with the help of an unidentified kayaker was able to reach Bo and keep her head above the surf as it tired. Slowly but surely they guided the terrified deer back to the shore.
Bo had a second burst of adrenaline and put up a fight when back on solid ground, but thankfully lifeguards and animal control officials were able to subdue her. Exhausted, she was placed in a rescue basket and a team effort was used to haul her back up the steep cliffs.
Bo was taken to a nearby Wildlife Rescue Center for a healthy checkup and released back into Malibu Creek State Park.
Said a local resident who witnessed the events of that morning: "For all the bad things we humans do to animals, it sure is nice to see such a great effort from so many people to help this sweet little creature. I hope Bo the deer gets a good night's rest and doesn't venture out across any roads in the future."