HAMILTON, Ohio -- It might not be their most important or difficult duty, but it's undoubtedly the most adorable.
Three Hamilton police officers responded to a pond on Warvel Road at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after a resident noticed a frail deer was stuck in a pond.
Officers Randy Payne, Scott Arbino and John Richardson pulled the animal to safety using a snare. After freeing it, the deer collapsed in the grass from exhaustion.
The officers stayed with the thin-looking animal, petting it and giving it food, until they were sure it was doing well enough to scamper off.
The Hamilton Police Department documented the encounter on Facebook. As you can imagine, the response drew hundreds of "likes" and comments.
Bev McGuire wrote, "Nice to see some positive publicity for those that risk their lives every day to keep us safe. Thank you guys for your big hearts in saving this deer. May God bless you & keep you safe."
You can see more photos of the deer in the media player above.