Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A California firefighter drew on her cattle ranching experience when she used a lasso to rescue two deer struggling to swim in a canal.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said firefighters responded Tuesday to a report of two deer swimming in a fenced-in canal in Rancho Cordova.
"A lot of times the deer will jump in at some point travel several miles," fire department spokesman Chris Vestal told KOVR-TV.
The department posted photos and video of the rescue to its official Twitter account.
The video shows firefighter Janice Odestig using a rope borrowed from a California Fish and Wildlife ranger to lasso the swimming deer.
"My dad is a retired fire chief as well as a retired cattle rancher, so we've always had lassos around the house when we were young we would lasso each other, lasso stuff in the backyard," Odestig said.
The deer, a buck and a doe, were safely removed from the water.
"They're a little bit scraped up, but I think I'm going to be just fine and they're back where they belong," she said.