Salt water had mixed with the natural drinking holes, making them undrinkable

Firefighters in Florida helped save a deer from dehydration after finding it trapped in a home destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

A crew from Delray Beach Fire Department was surveying damaged buildings in Big Pine Key, Florida, as part of a strike team when it came across the weakened deer inside a home.

Lieutenant Nicholas Johnson fed the deer four bottles of water, and the buck ran off after regaining his strength.

'I don't know who was more startled the deer or me,' Johnson, who is part of the Strike team but works for Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue, said. 'I am just glad to not only help the residents, but the wildlife as well.'

Johnson said that the endangered Key deer population's water supply had been completely wiped out in Hurricane Irma due to storm surge.

Salt water from the ocean had mixed with the natural drinking holes, making them undrinkable.

Monroe County BOCC urged Keys residents to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife if they come across deer in distress.

'This is an extraordinary circumstance involving a distressed deer and a trained first responder,' it said in a Facebook post. Several endangered deer found only in the lower Florida Keys have been spotted following Hurricane Irma.


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