WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services units responded to a report of a deer that needed to be rescued from the Tidal Basin on Friday morning.
More photos of Friday's rescue here.
Instead, a male deer had inadvertently gone for a morning swim.
Video of the incident shows he had no trouble swimming -- he just couldn't scale the high walls around the basin, and likely would have drowned without help.
It's not the first time a deer has been rescued from the Tidal Basin, home to the Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials. In October 2006, a similar situation played out before television cameras.