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Deer rescued from ice had to be euthanized

In a dramatic operation, firefighters rescued a deer stranded on the ice at the ­Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham Friday afternoon, but the animal was in such poor condition that it later had to be euthanized.

Helicopter video footage shot by television stations showed two rescuers struggling to grab the stranded deer, an adult female that they had reached in an ice rescue sled. The crew worked for more than 15 minutes to secure the animal, covering its head with a bag and tying its legs. The deer shook the bag off several times as it tried to thrash free.

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