Louisiana Man Riding Out Hurricane Paddles Out Into Flood Waters To Rescue Baby Deer

A man holding a fish

As hurricane Ida rocks Louisiana, bad news abounds.

In the midst of hard times like what folks in the Gulf are going through, clinging to good news can help people get through things. It’s a good time to keep in mind an infamous quote from longtime TV host Mr. Rogers.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

One man down in Louisiana is certainly a helper, and his story was recently shared by KXAN News.

His family evacuated to Atlanta but stayed but Daniel Fears and committed to riding out the storm at his home just north of New Orleans in case folks who didn’t have the means to evacuate needed help.

Because his house is raised up off the ground, it provides some protection from flood waters. When the flood waters rolled in, his power inevitably went out but he was he prepared for just such an occasion with multiple generators ready to go in order to keep the lights on.

By the next morning the lake in his back yard had turned into a full blown raging river. He was taking in the scene on his back deck with his dog and two pet ducks when he saw a stranded baby deer struggling to navigate the flood waters.

Shortly after he posted the video of the baby deer in the water to his Instagram, he followed it up not long after with footage of him holding the rescued baby deer in his arms.

The baby deer even appears to have befriended that mans dog. Fears has been feeding the baby deer and nursing it back to full strength. Once the flood waters subside he plans on finding the little a deer a permanent home.

“He swam in the yard and I was thankful I left the gate open. He swam over and I picked him up.

I got my son a four-wheeler for his birthday, my daughter wants a pony, but she might be getting a deer.” 

 His incredible documentation of the incident is some of the best storytelling in social media history.

“I’ve always wanted a pet deer. Never thought he’d swim right up to me.

Lucky we were both at the right place at the right time. Sup Buck!”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock