WATCH: Central Pierce special ops team rescues stranded deer from icy pond

A rescuer pulls the deer back to safety. (Photo credit: Central Pierce Fire & Rescue)

CENTRAL PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - A special operations team from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched on an unusual mission Thursday - rescuing a deer that somehow got stuck in an icy pond.

The team responded to the pond, near 152nd Street East in South Hill, after receiving word of the stranded black-tailed deer, which appeared to frozen in place in the icy water.

A rescuer managed to reach the deer on the iced-over pond while lying on his stomach on a backboard. The rescuer then got hold of the animal and both of them were pulled back across the surface of the ice to safety by other members of the team on shore.

The deer was found to be uninjured but extremely worn out after its ordeal.

"The deer is doing great and recovering from exhaustion!" Central Pierce Fire & Rescue said in a tweet.

The operations team was assisted in the rescue by Pierce County sheriff's deputies and state Fish & Wildlife agents.

Watch the rescue here:

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