WATERLOO, Iowa - An injured young deer, struggling to keep its head above water, was brought back to dry land thanks to an act of human kindness.
A crowd had gathered to take pictures of flood waters raging underneath the Cedar River bridge when the deer suddenly jumped in.
The deer tried to beat the current but its head kept dipping below the surface.
Injured, exhausted, and looking up to the crowd above, three men worked together, using tethers to lower one man into the water.
He harnessed the deer and up it went.
Once at the top, the deer - and the men - received a standing ovation from the crowd, while its rescuer, still below the bridge, could be heard below shouting, "Hey, don't forget about me!"
He was lifted to safety too, and, in true Heroes fashion, he wanted to remain anonymous.
The men went a step further and transported the deer in the back of a pickup to a wooded area away from town.
Jamod Sallis helped pull the deer to safety.
"It feels good to see the city coming together in the midst of something like this, to come together to save wildlife. There's a lot of animals who won't be able to make it through this flood, so we're able to help an animal and that feels pretty good," Sallis told KWWL.