A deer has died after being rescued from the frozen Des Plaines River by Illinois firefighters. The crew struggled to save the deer that had fallen through the ice at Columbia Woods .
Willow Springs firefighters were called after police officers spotted the young buck around 9 a.m. Monday. They donned thermal suits and plunged into the icy water with rescue gear, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The deer still had a faint heartbeat after the rescue, and was transported by police escort to Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge. As soon as they arrived to the shelter, they lost a pulse.
Two veterinarians and a certified technician did everything medically possible to revive the deer. Unfortunately, due to the time length of time the deer spent in the freezing water, the veterinary team announced that hypothermia had set in, and they were unable to save him.