ROXBURY — A deer rescue trapped in the ice of a Morris County pond was rescued on Sunday morning.

Roxbury Fire Station #1 on its Facebook page reported the deer, which got stuck on Saturday on the pond in back of Walmart off Rigrter Road, was rescued Sunday morning using an amphibious vehicle from the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.

The rescue came shortly after the vehicle started taking on water, forcing the rescuers into the pond's cold waters. The deer was brought onto the shore around 10 a.m.

An amphibious vehicle from the Morris County OEM approaches a deer stuck on a pond (Roxbury Township Police)

A police spokesman said the doe was not injured by the incident but as a "high-stress" animal she built up lactic acids, which poisoned the rest of her system. She will be taken to the Antler Ridge Wildlife Refuge in Warren County.

NBC 4 New York reported the deer edged closer to the shore from its original position on Saturday but wouldn't come off the ice. Police kept an eye all night on the deer.

People commenting on the fire company Facebook page were concerned if the deer would survive the night due to the cold. The low temperature on Sunday morning in Roxbury was 23.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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