A STAG has been successfully rescued by a former Marine Commando – after it spent a night on a frozen loch.
The animal ended up spending all night out in freezing temperatures on the small loch in Islivig on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides after getting stuck.
Video of the rescue mission was captured by Jacqueline Buchanan after her husband Neil was called upon to help in the daring rescue.
Jacqueline then shared her video onto Facebook yesterday [TUES] captioning her post: “You never know what the day will bring! Winter in the Hebrides.”
The video shows the giant creature stuck with his leg in an awkward position on top of the ice.
Neil and his neighbor George then carefully cross the frozen loch with ropes to reach the stag, edging carefully as not to startle the creature.
They then managed to coax him safely back to land.
As the creature reaches the side of the loch he collapses from being too tired to run off.
George was snapped grinning behind the beautiful animal after the successful save.
The clips have attracted over 1,200 likes and dozens of comments on Facebook from delighted social media users.
Nicola MacRae said: “Wow, what a rescue well done! I hope he eventually got up and walked away uninjured.”
Claire McGroarty: “Amazing well done for saving that beautiful animal.”
Stuart Cummings asked, “Did he eventually get up?”
Speaking today [WED], Jacqueline said: “This is the first time we have ever had to rescue one from the ice.”
“The man in the dry suit performing the rescue is my husband Neil.
“He’s a royal marine commando veteran, So qualified in such endeavours.
“The stag had an unfortunate sequence of events, he had got his antler stuck on the fence before this.”
Jacqueline continued: “When the stag managed to get free of the fence and lost his horn he then wandered into the ice.
“He had clearly spent the night there as he was totally exhausted hence he didn’t put up any resistance to our rescue.
“He had a nap and then half an hour later, he was back up and grazing.
“We went to check a few hours later and he’s still on the croft, moving further away from loch and up the croft and grazing away. It’s officially a happy ending.”