A Utah dog’s instinctual urge to chase after ducks got him into a bit of hot water—or, rather, cold water.
The dog, named Tucker, was on a walk with his owner when he spotted ducks in a nearby partially frozen pond and raced across the ice to jump into the freezing water, KSL-TV reported. After attempting to retrieve the dog himself, the owner called 911. The Unified Fire Authority responded to the scene quickly, and a firefighter wearing a water suit was able to enter the pond and lift Tucker out of the water. The fire department posted a video of the rescue, which happened about 15 minutes after the dog fell into the water, on its Facebook page:
Later, the department posted an update from Tucker’s family with a special message to them for their brave efforts.
Although this incident had a happy ending, let it serve as a reminder to keep your pet on a leash while walking near any dangerous areas, including ice, cliffs, and areas known to have large predators present.