- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) - A video of a Duluth man rescuing a frightened and exhausted deer after it broke through thin ice on a northern Minnesota river is spreading on social media.

Steven Peterson pulled the deer from the Kettle River in Pine County on Monday. He said the animal was frantic, with icicles hanging from its face. He felt he had to do something, but feared calling 911 would take too long.

“I had to do it myself, I know it was risky. I risked my life, but this deer needed saving,” he said.

Peterson, who is deaf, told KARE-TV (https://kare11.tv/1mWHDf4 ) through an American Sign Language interpreter that he recorded the rescue with his iPhone not with the idea of gaining fame, but in case he fell into the water - so people would know what happened when they came looking for him.

Peterson said it took about 20 minutes to crawl across the ice and pull the doe out of the river with a long strap tied around its neck. Once Peterson got the deer to solid ground, he said he sat with it for about an hour to make sure it was OK.

After watching the video, he decided to share it online. Soon he was doing interviews with news outlets all over the world.

“I uploaded it to Reddit and it just spread from there,” he said. “From the first time I watched the video I knew it was an amazing thing. And I thought other people would think the same.”

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Information from: KARE-TV, https://www.kare11.com

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