Man rescues buck trapped in rope swing

(Santa Cruz Animal Shelter/YouTube)

January 3, 2012 12:56:56 PM PST
A Santa Cruz County animal control officer is being hailed as hero after risking his safety to rescue a terrified buck that got trapped in a rope swing in the town of Soquel.

The buck panicked and thrashed as Officer Carlos Montes tried to get a hold of him.

Ultimately, after a battle of wills, the animal calmed down long enough for Montes and another man to delicately cut the rope and set the buck free.