Real-life Bambi on ice rescued from frozen lake

A large mule deer that got stranded on an icy lake was rescued by wildlife officials in Colorado, USA.

Rescuers, who also included staff from a Coors brewery, lassoed the animal and were able to drag it across the lake to safety.

The deer tried in vain to scramble off the frozen lake
The deer tried in vain to scramble off the frozen lake Credit: EBU

Local wildlife expert Jennifer Churchill said the animal had probably wandered onto the frozen lake or was chased there by a predator.

The animal did not appear to suffer any serious injuries in the ordeal.

Rescuers lassoed the animal and dragged it off the ice
Rescuers lassoed the animal and dragged it off the ice Credit: EBU

"It took off like a shot, so my officers think it's in good shape, and hopefully it won't come anywhere near the ice again," said Churchill, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife district spokeswoman.