Bovell rescues drowning deer
IT was a day's work that turned into something extraordinary.
Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic medallist, swimmer George Bovell III, last week found himself saving a deer from drowning.
Bovell was filming a commercial at Paria Falls on Trinidad's north coast with the company Jtography, when a deer apparently came over the falls.
"Rescued the deer from drowning while filming a commercial. It must have come down over the falls," Bovell wrote on his Facebook page.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I released the exhausted, half-drowned deer on dry land and it gratefully returned to the forest."
Speaking to the Express via Facebook yesterday, Bovell said: "It was really something special."
The post has been making the rounds on social media, eliciting a feel-good response from the appreciative public.
One user commented that Bovell's actions were an example of humans using their power "for the right reasons".
Answering questions about the rescue from Facebook users, Bovell said the deer did not fight.
"When I grabbed her she seemed to just go limp...I guess in the wild when something grabs you, it's over," Bovell remarked.
"She eventually walked off surprised and grateful to be alive."
Bovell was a bronze medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and is the holder of multiple other international and regional medals in swimming. —Kim Boodram