When a deer jumped from his yard into his neighbor's pool, Don Rubin did the one thing he could think of to try to calm the animal down before it was able to struggle out: He sang to it.
According to KABC-TV, the startled deer jumped Rubin's fence and went antlers first through Eric Munn's pool cover Saturday in Encino, California.
"The antlers had punctured the plastic pool cover and it was in a lot of distress. It was trying to fight the plastic pool cover and it was kind of drowning," Munn told the news station.
Even when free of the cover, the deer still could not hoist itself out of the pool. While they waited for wildlife officials to arrive, Rubin said he talked to the deer for up to an hour and crooned a few soothing tunes.
"I said, 'You're going to get out of this.' I sang a few songs," Rubin said.
Watch KABC's report about the incident:
The deer eventually was able to find its way out of the pool. According to KABC, it went to another person's yard where wildlife officials tranquilized it. KTLA-TV reported that the deer required treatment for an injury before it could be returned to a more acceptable environment.