This Family Were Out Fishing On Lake Ontario When They Spotted A Strange Shape In The Water
One day, a family went fishing on Lake Ontario hoping to catch something big. However, they spotted something with a strange shape in the water. They had no idea what was that, but one thing is for sure: they’ll never forget that trip for the rest of their lives.
Fishing has been always the biggest passion for Joe Schmelzinger. He loves so much to travel around the United States looking for a chance to have his best catch. Some of his favorite fishing spots are Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
In fact, Joe always publishes photos his catches on Facebook. No matter if the fish is small or big, he always shows pics of posing alongside any kind of fish.
And just like any family man, Joe enjoys sharing his beloved passion with his family. In August 2017, he went with his wife, Annette, and their 6-year-old daughter, Alivia, to a fishing vacation on the Thousands Islands. This archipelago connects America and Canada by the Saint Lawrence River.
On the southwest side of the archipelago, it’s located one of Joe’s favorite fishing spots: Lake Ontario. That place offers a lot of options to have a getaway, and that’s precisely wanted Joe and his family.
But one day during their vacations, Joe, Annette, and Alivia were cruising on the lake to find a perfect spot for fishing when they noticed something unusual; something with a strange shape in the water. Then, they decided to investigate.
After a closer sight, the unusual object turned to be a baby deer. Probably the small animal jumped into the water after something scared it on the shore. However, the small deer seemed to want to return to solid ground again.
“We were driving the boat when suddenly my husband saw something weird in the water. It was a baby deer swimming in the middle of Lake Ontario,” Annette recalled.
Although Alivia was only six, she perfectly realized the seriousness of the baby deer’s situation. She was very concerned by the animal’s lack of preparation to swim in the middle of the Lake. “That poor animal didn’t even have floaties,” she highlighted.
The family knew that they had to help the poor animal or watching how the baby deer will drown in front of their eyes. “Our first reaction was: ‘We have to help this small deer,’” Annette said. Then, the family decided to follow a rescue plan.
Before doing anything to help the animal, they need to catch the deer. “He was swimming on the wrong way and we were probably about 70 feet water away from him,” Joe explained.
Noticing how unusual and unique were the circumstances that they were in, so Annette decided to take her phone and started recording. The video was simply incredible of how the family approached the baby deer.
When the boat was finally close enough, Joe leaned over the edge and managed to catch the deer and retrieve it from the water. The poor animal was clearly shaken but seemed relieved to have its hooves on solid ground again.
After being out of the water, the baby deer calmed down immediately like if he knew that he was safe. “Once the deer got up on the boat, he just hopped right down on the floor and laid there. So we covered him with a towel. He never tried to escape or shown signs of being scared,” Joe revealed.
Now that the family had the baby deer safely out of the water, they would transport him back to dry land. On their way, they did everything to comfort the poor animal.
When the family arrived on shore, some people were curious to see if Joe caught something big. However, they were shocked when they saw what he had caught from the lake. “People were asking, ‘What did you catch this time?’, and my husband shows the animal and says, ‘Just a baby deer!’” Annette recalled.
Now the next step it was to release the deer in a more suitable place for him. And it didn’t take long for them to find a perfect place. “The nearest wooded area was straight off the island, so we released him there,” Joe explained.