It was a close call for a little furry creature taking a dip at Idaho's Pocatello Zoo, but thankfully there was a lifeguard on duty.
Shooter, a 4-year-old elk, was in the right place at the right time.
Also in the right place at the right time were zoo officials who caught it all on camera.
Grabbing her camera and making her way toward the exhibit, Dr. Joy Fox witnessed the entire rescue unfold.
"We thought he was just going to climb in the tank. He was sniffing and pawing and he kept shifting around and looking in the tank," said zoo veterinarian Dr. Joy Fox.
For 15 minutes Shooter circled the tank.
"We're not sure if he just sensed that this marmot was in distress or whether he didn't like it in his way. He spent quite a bit of time planning how to grab it," she explained.
After Shooter was able to position his antlers and reach into the water, he grabbed the marmot out, set him on the ground and began nudging him with his hoof.
"When we saw it down on the ground and he was nudging it and it was moving, we thought, this is incredible. He deliberately took that animal out of the tank," said zoo educator Kate O'Connor.
It was a deliberate move that saved a young, wild marmot's life.
"I can't believe he did that we were just in shock. All evening I was thinking how unreal it was that we saw him do that," said Dr. Fox.
After a little time in the sun catching his breath, the rescued marmot scampered home.
Officials say the elk�s behavior can be attributed to his lifestyle at the zoo.
"The basic needs are being met, so you start to see a little bit more elaborate behavior. They're engaging their brains in different ways that would have been basically for survival in the wild, but now is a little more complicated and advanced," O'Connor explained.
An advanced move that saved one little guy in need of a helping hand-or hoof.