TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Two Tyler good samaritans are being credited with saving the life of a baby deer down at Lake Tyler.
What started out as a normal summer afternoon turned into a wildlife rescue when Brian Ballard and his wife came upon a lifeless animal in the water.
“We are pulling into the channel which is no wake I saw something in the water I thought it was a dead fish. I pull beside it and looked over and saw it was a deer,” said Ballard.
Another person saw what was happening and decided to jump into the action to help.
“If you would have seen it it was clearly dead but it had life in its eyes so I killed the boat and took off my shirt and jumped over to their boat,” said Ashton Byrd. “They had been patting it, giving it breaths so it started to crying itself back to life.”
Both Ballard and Byrd took turns giving the fawn CPR and mouth to mouth until it came to life.
The fawn, now named Baylade, is now being treated by a local wildlife rehabilitator who says he is getting stronger every hour.