maine ice deer

From the Bangor Daily News: When the Allagash and St. John rivers finally begin moving after spending five months frozen over, it can be a spectator sport for local residents. On Monday, many of those residents got more than they bargained for as a young deer floated past on an ice floe.

Sue Underhill Kelly was one of those who captured the scene and shared it on Facebook. “We were holding our breath as it floated by and it looked right at us…”Kelly wrote in a text exchange. “We were thinking certain death. But we watched it stay afloat until it went out of sight around a bend. We jumped in the truck and went downstream and saw it still holding on. Again, we watched until out of sight.”

Several miles farther on, another spectator, Bev Jandreau of St. Francis, captured the final moments of the ride down river. As the chunk of ice began to break up and floated near shore, the deer leaped and made it to dry ground.

As far as we know, all’s well that end well.