A Californian cop has rescued two deer struggling in a canal after they jumped in the water to cool off from blistering summer heat.
The animal rescue took place at Coachella Canal near Indo, Riverside County, California, on 2nd August.
The police said Officer Cardenas, a former Coast Guard official, rescued the two deer after they entered the irrigation canal to cool off.
Local temperatures hit a sweltering 43 degrees Celsius this week.
But passers by saw the deers struggling to swim and called the emergency services.
Footage from the rescue apparently shows one of the deer struggling to swim in the canal before it was pulled to safety.
The Californian cop was assisted by Cal-Fire and Riverside County Animal officials.
Together, the rescue team used rope to pull the animals out of the canal.
The pair were later checked for injuries and taken to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
The Indo Police Department said on 2nd August: “Officer Cardenas rescued these two deer from the canal today! Can’t blame the deer, it’s hot out!
“Shout out to Officer Cardenas for using his Coast Guard skills.
“Also, kudos to Cal-Fire and Riverside County Animal control for the fast response and safe capture of the deer.”
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