A non-profit organization says a deer is improving after she became stuck in a pool with extremely cold water for almost an entire day in Lake Barrington Sunday.
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation said Monday that they were contacted Sunday evening regarding a deer that had fallen into a covered swimming pool filled with water.
The organization is a licensed non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center based in Barrington that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife.
The homeowners first saw the hole in the pool cover Sunday morning but did not realize a deer had actually fallen through the cover and was in the water.
The homeowners later discovered that a deer was in the water and removed the cover.
The deer, which was estimated to be in the water for over 18 hours, crawled out of the pool at the residence.
“Given that nighttime temperatures have been in the 30s, the water temperature had to be extremely cold for the deer to have been in the water that length of time,” Flint Creek Wildlife said.
A worker with the non-profit went to the Lake Barrington residence and treated the doe for shock and possible aspiration.
The deer was only five feet from the edge of the pool and the non-profit said they were able to give her a couple of injections.
She briefly stood up and her rear legs were “trembling terribly,” likely from hypothermia and from the entire experience.
“We knew that it could go either way in terms of her survival. We were thrilled this morning to learn that she was alive, walking around and eating,” Flint Creek Wildlife said.
The deer’s prognosis is “much better” than it was Sunday evening, the organization said.
“The homeowners have been nothing short of fabulous in terms of dealing with the situation. Thank you to them and to their neighbors who first alerted us regarding the issue,” Flint Creek Wildlife said.
The organization explained that deer are exceptionally difficult species and are prone to capture myopathy, meaning they cannot just be transported to the non-profit’s facility for care and field treatment is their best option.