This isn’t something you’d typically come across on a club run; footage posted to Twitter shows the moment a group of cyclists stopped mid-ride to rescue a deer that was drowning in a pool of water inside a ruined building in Southern Spain.
The video shows the riders pulling the animal to safety by its antlers and, once it gets enough purchase to get out of the water, it runs off.
The tweet reads: “A round of applause for these cyclists who rescued a deer from drowning in Huesca, Granada.”
Y el ciervo ni da las gracias, ni se paga unas míseras cervezas. Ya no quedan ciervos educados y corteses como los de antes...
(Bravo por los rescatadores, bromas aparte).
— José Mari Bailo (@JoseMariBailo) September 21, 2019
Replying to that tweet, Twitter user José Mari Bailo said: “And the deer doesn’t say thank you, not does it buy a few miserly beers. There are no longer any polite or courteous deer like there were before.”
That comment elicited a reply highlighting this tweet, which translates (roughly) as “Good day, Mr Deer.” “Same to you, Mr Human.”
Perdona? Como que no quedan ciervos educados? https://t.co/ZsNNqx4WuL
— Fran (@Gamulios) September 21, 2019
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.