HARMONY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A deer drowning in a swimming pool was rescued by a New Jersey State trooper in Warren County earlier this week, authorities said.

According to New Jersey State Police, a worker in Harmony Township called authorities after discovering a buck struggling in a nearby swimming pool on Friday afternoon.

Trooper Dwayne Phillips responded to the scene and pulled the deer out by its rack to safety, police said.

“Now believe it or not, we don’t necessarily teach recruits in the academy how to rescue drowning deer, but we do teach them how to think on their feet and adapt and improvise when a peculiar situation presents itself,” New Jersey State police said on their Facebook page Sunday morning.

The buck then recovered and returned to the wild, police said.

 

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