Deputy Dennis Guthard came across this desperate site October 29 after a member of the public found the deer locked antler-to-antler and called the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Other deputies and members of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission later responded, with everyone taking part in the rescue.

Eventually one of the responders was able to get a lasso around the more active buck’s legs and drag the pair to the bank. Both deer were later released safe and sound.