Watch: Austrian train workers rescue chamois buried in snow

Watch: Austrian train workers rescue chamois buried in snow
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The two men leapt off the train and carefully shovelled snow from around the chamois until it could pull itself out and make its way to a forest.

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Two Austrian railway workers rescued a chamois on Wednesday after seeing the animal buried by the snow they were clearing off the tracks.

A video released online by the Austrian train operator OEBB showed the two workers leaping off the train and wading through knee-deep snow to reach barely-visible antlers.

They then proceed to carefully shovel snow from around the chamois — a type of goat-antelope present in the Alps — until it can pull itself out and make its way through the deep snow and into a forest.

The two men told Austria's APA news agency that the animal had been transfixed by the train's approach and didn't move away from the side of the tracks despite the driver repeatedly honking the vehicle's horn.

Many have praised the two men after seeing the video on social media.

One Facebook user described them as "heroes" while another thanked them for "their respect for nature."

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