Woman Performs CPR on Dying Deer

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. - CPR may keep a heart beating during the last seconds of life. One woman tried to do all she could to keep a wild animal alive.

Rachael Morris was at home when she saw something out of the ordinary through her window. 

A deer, lying in the grass, during its final moments. 

"It just hurt me to watch her die in front of me and I really thought I could something about it," Rachael Morris said. 

In a split second, Morris immediately stepped in. 

"I just knew the general area where her heart was and I don't know what came over me but I just started doing heart compressions," Morris said. 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission deals with animal and human interaction regularly but said it's never seen anything like this.

"I admire her concern for the deer and that is understandable, but I was worried she was going to get hurt," Assistant Chief of The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Mark Hutchings said. 

Even though Northwest Arkansas has seen Chronic Wasting Disease in wild deer, Mark Hutchings - Assistant Chief of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says he doesn't think that is the case here. 

He says they are still wild animals. 

"That deer could've of, if it had been hit by a car, taken days for trauma to show up," Hutchings said. "So it might of regained it's strength while she was over top of it and really kicked her." 

Even though the outcome wasn't probable, Morris' courage brought of glimpse of hope. 

"I thought it was working for a second," Morris said. "She did wake up a little bit. I really thought it was going to work, but unfortunately it ended and it was really sad." 


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