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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The rain was pouring, cars were coming and a spooked deer was repeatedly throwing herself against a concrete barrier just above a raging river. Two Kansas City police officers went above and beyond to get the deer to safety during a weekend thunderstorm.

Officer Jason Rains was driving along Blue River Road about 7:45 a.m. Sunday as the area was hammered by rain, thunder, lightning and high winds. As he approached 87th Street, he saw the deer racing along the road as traffic was traveling nearby.

She began to slide on the rain-slickened pavement and became spooked by passing cars. She attempted to hurtle over the concrete barrier but couldn't clear it. She flopped along the road.

Rains said if she cleared the barrier, she would have faced a 100-foot drop into the raging Blue River.

Stunned, she collapsed into a heap in a lane of traffic.

Rains backed up his patrol car to avoid frightening her further. His supervisor, Sgt. Steven Sandusky, arrived and they used their patrol lights to direct traffic around her.

"She was just lying there, shaking," Rains said.

She would get up and again try to throw herself over the barrier but was repeatedly unsuccessful as her head rammed into the concrete. She even skittered along the concrete wall at one point. Her leg also became trapped during her frantic efforts to get off the road.

"Her leg was caught in one of those drainage holes on the bridge," Rains said. "It was her entire leg all the way up to her body."

Rains backed up his vehicle and Sandusky got a rope.

"Her leg had fallen into a drainage hole so she was stuck. She couldn't get out," Sandusky recalled.

Rains made his way to the deer and pulled her leg free.

"She gratefully accepted this help and didn't bite or try to fight back," the Kansas City Police Department said in a news release.

"She head butted the concrete barrier one more time and then she just stopped. She was drained. She was spent," Sandusky recalled.

The two men feared that she had been hit by a car or injured herself gravely.

"When I got there, her whole body was shaking. It looked like she was having convulsions," the sergeant said. "Her body was shaking back and forth. It looked like something was really wrong with her."

Sandusky said it was an intense experience.

"I've never encountered anything quite like that," he said.

Despite the battering her body took, the resilient deer suffered just a small scratch to her face.

The grateful deer felt comfortable enough with Sandusky that he didn't need to use the rope to corral her. Instead, he placed his baton against her body and used that to guide her.

The two officers led the deer to a wooded area near Firefighters' Memorial.

"She went down and lay down back there," Rains said. "I came back an hour later, and she was gone."

Sandusky said aiding the deer felt wonderful.

"It was a great feeling to know I got to help her," he said.

Many area residents could use a deer story with a good ending after a pet deer named Ella who lived in a Kansas City cemetery was shot and killed last month. A 19-year-old man faces a fine in municipal court for hunting out of season.

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