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A California deer managed to save its own hide by diving into a swimming pool during its mad dash to outrun a hungry mountain lion.
The determined deer's lucky escape was caught by surveillance cameras in the backyard of a home in Glendale, California, on Thursday at about 4am.
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In the night vision footage, obtained by KTLA, a deer can be seen streaking past one of the cameras with a mountain lion hard on its tail, just a split-second later.
A second camera then captures the deer diving into the home's swimming pool. The mountain lion, with its glowing eyes, leaps into the in-ground pool, too, appearing to land on top of the deer for a moment, before it hurriedly makes its way to the pool edge to haul itself out of the water.
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The mountain lion then slinks out of sight, while the deer wisely continues to take laps around the pool until the coast is clear, before exiting the pool itself.
The life-or-death swim was discovered by homeowner Rachel Wong and her husband later that morning, when they realized that something was different...
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