In a heartwarming incident, a police officer with the Cobb County Police Department in Georgia came to the rescue of a distressed fawn, whose head had become trapped in a wire fence.
The rescue took place on the afternoon of September 28 as Sergeant Brian Scurr was on his way home after a long shift.
Upon hearing the cries of the young deer, Scurr quickly located the animal behind the Old Friendship Baptist Church on Old Friendship Church Road.
Body-camera footage captured the tense moment as the officer approached the fence, where the fawn was struggling to break free.
Scurr immediately worked to free the deer, all while attempting to soothe the animal.
“You’ve got to stop moving, buddy. You’ve got to stop moving for a minute,” Scurr told the deer. “I can’t get to it if you don’t stop moving.”
Despite the fawn’s frantic attempts to free itself, Scurr, armed with bolt cutters, remained patient and diligent. Piece by piece, he carefully removed the wire fence. Thanks to his efforts, the fawn was eventually liberated from its predicament.
As the last piece of the fence was cut, the animal darted into the safety of the nearby treeline.
The incident showcased the role officers play in protecting not only human lives but also the well-being of the local wildlife.
Scurr’s dedication and compassion have garnered praise from the community and the Cobb County Police Department, which publicly commended him for his actions.
“Even though the deer didn’t pause to say thank you, we’re sure it’s appreciative. Thanks, Sgt. Scurr. Job well done,” the Cobb County Police Department said in a social media post.
The white-tailed deer, a common sight in Georgia, often gives birth between May and August, with births peaking in June. Young fawns learn to forage for food within a month and are typically weaned within three months, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The species has made a recovery in Georgia, where wildlife managers have successfully brought the population back from the brink of extinction. Currently, approximately 1.2 million deer inhabit the Peach State, contributing significantly to the local economy through hunting licenses, sporting equipment sales and land leases.