Temperatures in the Sudbury and Manitoulin area rose above 20 degrees on April 7 and 8.
As many residents took full advantage of the warm sunshine — a deer decided to take a little dip in Lake Huron, leaving a trail of broken ice in its path.
Garry Vaughan, who lives in Hanmer, was at his family’s cottage located on the main land of the Bay of Islands near Whitefish Falls when he caught the whole thing on video.
Although Vaughan isn’t sure if the deer is a doe or a buck, he is certain it’s the same deer that he saw breaking ice on the lake just the day before because the animal has distinctive white rings on the base of its ears.
“(On Wednesday) we watched her walk across the ice from one island to the next and then she fell through,” Vaughan told Sudbury.com. “She broke the ice heading toward an adjacent island and she must have spent the night there.
“Then (Thursday morning) I saw all the geese flying out of the water and she was swimming from the island toward the ice on this side. She broke through and just started making her way across.”
Vaughan, who is an avid outdoorsman, says the distance from the shore in front of the cottage to the shoreline to the island the deer swam from is about 1,000 yards.
“Because of the warm temperatures within the last day and a half and the ice really getting rotten, I was very confident that she was going to make it to shore.”
Once she made it to shore she shook the water off, shivered a bit when the wind picked up, and then she was gone into the bush.
Although deer are a common sight in the area, Vaughan said it was a great thing to witness.
“After she broke through the ice it opened the whole lake up. It’s just so awesome,” he said. “By next weekend all the ice will be gone and we can go fishing.”
He said, with everything going on in the world, being out in nature is a wonderful way to recharge.
“After what we’re going through now with this pandemic, I’m just so glad to be out here working around the camp,” Vaughan said. “I wanted to share this with everyone because [amidst] all this doom and gloom we have to take time to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy nature. Enjoy life everyday.”