VIDEO: Deer spotted swimming in Halifax Harbour
Monday, June 6, 2016, 6:44 PM -
A Halifax Harbour water taxi driver was shocked to see a deer taking a dip in the water near Casino Nova Scotia two weeks ago.
"I had noticed something peculiar floating in the water," John McArthur told the CBC. "And last time I checked, seals don't have any ears."
McArthur was able to capture a quick video of the deer. He said he was "amazed and taken aback" by what he saw, so he decided to follow the animal from a distance.
The Canadian Coast Guard saw what McArthur was doing and radioed his taxi.
A Coast Guard official told McArthur it's rare for a deer to take a dip in the harbour, but not unheard of. Apparently it's happened "once or twice" over the past 20 years, the CBC reports.
In those instances the deer swam from Point Pleasant Park to McNabs Island.
McArthur says he stayed with the deer because he was concerned about its safety, given the high harbour traffic in the area at the time.
Eventually, the deer came ashore near the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus.
"It was pretty tired and tuckered out," he told the CBC.
"Once it washed up ashore, effectively it was shaking and cold and battling with the slippery rocks. I just hung around until it got up on land safely."
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