David Cook, M.D., is a Marshfield Clinic physician who is used to caring for patients at the Clinic's Urgent Care Center on Craig Road in Eau Claire.
making national news for saving the life of a deer that got stranded on thin ice near his
rural Chippewa County home.
Dateline NBC contacted Marshfield Clinic
with an interest in this story that was captured by Cook's wife on the family's home video camera.
The rescue started early Sunday morning when the Cooks woke up and noticed the deer laying motionless on the thin ice covering Sand Lake.Within minutes, Cook
was on the ice inching his
way to the animal that, while still alive, looked like it had been stuck in the same spot for some time, its face caked with ice.Cook
and the deer then slid together along the thin ice to the shoreline some 40 yards away.The journey that put both lives at risk ended happily with the deer galloping off into the woods.Cook
is surprised by all the attention his
five-minute rescue is getting and says his
holiday instincts took over when it came time to save the deer his
wife affectionately nicknamed "Scooter" for the way in which they both found their way to shore.Cook
own name for the celebrity deer."I think it was Rudolph," he
theorized."What would Christmas have been like without him?I had no choice but to act."
Dateline NBC has not announced when it will air the story on Cook
and Rudolph.The story also is posted on the Web site for WEAU Channel 13, Eau Claire, under News," titled "Man Puts Safety on the Line to Rescue a Deer."