A deer was rescued from the surging waves as Hurricane Sandy loomed with dark menacing clouds at a Monmouth County beach in New Jersey. The animal was caught on camera struggling against the wild breaking surf to reach dry land.
An NBC 4 New York camera crew happened to be filming the surf when they noticed the animal struggling in it.
According to Buzz Feed, a rogue wave probably knocked the deer off the rocky ledge into the water. The high rocky barrier prevented it from climbing out of the water back to the beach.
The video shows the poor confused animal struggling against the surging waves. Wtvr.com reports bystanders shouted and waved hands in frantic effort to direct the deer away from the rocks toward the sandy beach ahead.
Deer rescued from Sandy waves
The animal was lucky. The waves washed it toward the sand where animal control officials rescued it.
Joe Schaedel, who describes himself as an animal lover, said: "I didn't want him to get in the rocks, so I was just trying to force him out, scare him almost. He was very confused, scared by everything. I'd hate to see a young deer like that get killed in the rocks."
According to NBC 4 New York, the animal suffered a broken leg. Animal Control and Humane Society (ACHS) officials tranquilized the deer and are nursing it back to health.