This panicked little deer may not have had a happy ending if it weren’t for some trepidatious firefighters.

Earlier this week, the L4262 Sunriver Professional Firefighters of Sunriver, Oregon posted a video of themselves edging onto a frozen lake in order to save a deer that had become trapped at the center.

Though the critter can be seen repeatedly trying to stand on its spindly little legs, it keeps slipping back down onto its knees.

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Using gear that the organization had purchased with grant money back in spring, firefighter Jeff “JJ” Johnson edges onto the lake with an ice sled.

Slowly but surely, Johnson nudges the deer all the way across the lake until it reaches the embankment.

Even though the deer has landed on solid ground, it doesn’t seem to understand that it is free to go.

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Johnson gives the animal a few head scratches and a pat on the neck until it finally stands up and gracefully wanders off into the wilderness.

“We are blessed to have receive so many positive comments about our recent deer rescue,” says the organization. “[But] most importantly, we are happy to have helped our valuable wildlife.”

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