TRUCKEE, Calif. — A California highway patrol officer came to the rescue of a baby deer stuck in a freeway drain during a thunderstorm.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Fisher says he was driving on Interstate 80 near Truckee Monday when he spotted the fawn sticking its little head out of rushing water.

Fisher says he freed the deer’s left back leg from the drainage ditch, placed it on the side of the road and waited for its mother to show up.

When the mother did not show, Fisher wrapped the fawn in his sergeant’s jacket, put it in his patrol car and drove it to a veterinary.

A veterinarian treated the deer for water in her lungs and hypothermia.

Fisher says the deer, named “Star,” is doing well and will be taken to an animal sanctuary in Lake Tahoe.

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