Deer Swims 2,000 Yards Across Hudson River

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Jealous of the attention heaped upon Ilya the Manatee, a deer from New Jersey made a plea for some fawning media coverage of his own today by swimming some 2,000 yards across the Hudson River. The 10-point buck jumped into the water sometime after being spotted at an intersection in Jersey City. A few hours later a police boat found him running along the rocky edge of Governors Island, shot him with a tranquilizer and transported him to a nature preserve on Staten Island. Now he's among friends, and next time he wants to go for a swim he won't have to go stag.

Young deer swims 2,000 yards in Hudson River from New Jersey to get to New York [NYDN]