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ALLAGASH, Maine (AP) — A video of a deer surfing an ice floe downriver before nimbly jumping to safety is causing a sensation.

The young deer was shared widely on social media on Monday as it floated downriver and avoided an icy death near the tiny town of Allagash, Maine.

More than 70,000 people had watched the video by Tuesday morning. The Bangor Daily News reported that people gathered on a riverbank and cheered on the deer as it sought safety.

Another resident took a video of the deer’s escape to dry ground, which happened after the animal ice-surfed for at least 2 miles (3.22 kilometers).