The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an area that is known by the locals as “God’s Country” because of the abundance of natural wonders it contains, including wildlife, mountains, the largest lake in North America (Lake Superior), and so much more.
You won’t find a whole lot of people or major attractions on the peninsula outside of wildlife and the occasional pasty shop or tourist trap, but there’s a good chance you just might see a significant amount of deer and other wild animals.
Among tourist attracts on the peninsula, Tahquamenon Falls stands out for its unique appearance (the water is stained brown due to the tannins contained within) as well as its large size.
The falls pales in comparison to Niagara and other more well known falls in terms of its size, but the upper falls still manages to rise nearly 50 feet above the river below, or 48 feet at its highest point to be exact.
Going over the falls seems like a task made only for the bravest of human beings in barrels (note: do not try this, ever), or other protective equipment, but recently a humble creature decided to go over the falls without any protection other than its God-given body, and the results were captured on film for the world to see.
Deer Takes Nearly 50-Foot Plunge and Survives
The footage was shared by UNILAD as well as on YouTube by MSN.com, as shown in the video below.
It all happened last summer at the popular landmark.
In it, the gathered audience can be heard discussing the deer’s actions in a fever pitch as it runs toward the waterfall’s rapids, colored in the same fashion as a root beer drink.
They gasp and fear for the deer’s safety as the deer hurtles itself down the waterfall, only to become even more surprised at the end as the deer seems to come out relatively unscathed.
“Nature’s a beast,” said an on-looker after the incident according to Newsweek.com.
“The deer is a paid actor for the tourist board. He does this at 2 p.m. every day, apart from Sundays,” added another commenter according to the article.