A pit filled with mud from dredging operations could have claimed the life of a young doe if not for the actions of two men in the area.
Flavien Doucette with a deer that became stuck in a Wedgeport mudhole. He and Jules LeBlanc helped to free the young doe.
Last month, Jules LeBlanc noticed two deer walking towards the woods behind Ocean Pride Fisheries in Wedgeport.
It was obvious that the animals had been knee-deep in muck. LeBlanc looked around and saw a third deer up to its neck in a muddy hole.
“At first I thought it was playing,” he said.
But then he realized it was stuck.
He called the Department of Natural Resources and then a friend to see what they could do.
He and Flavien Doucette laid a trail of wooden pallets to reach the deer. They pulled and she struggled. After five to 10 minutes she was free.
“She gave us each a kick as a thank you on the way by,” laughed LeBlanc.