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"Real World" Alum in Naked Doggie Rescue

3/18/2009 3:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You may not remember Eric Nies from the first "Real World: New York" -- but now you'll know him as the guy who risked his bare ass to save a puppy from drowning in a partially frozen lake.

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During a recent trip to Bear Mountain in upstate NY, a cute little doggy named Sugar Ray decided to chase some geese onto a sheet of iced-over lake water -- when the ice suddenly gave way. As Nies noticed the pooch struggling to stay afloat, he immediately stripped down to his birthday suit and dove in after him.

Nies eventually grabbed the pooch and got him back on the ice, where the scared little guy could run back to dry land.

Eric suffered a couple of scratches -- and mild case of popsicle crotch -- but he proved that ripped has-been reality stars can not only be relevant, but downright heroic.

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Michael Madsen    

HANGIN' tAIL

1863 days ago
2.

friend    

too bad you came back

1863 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

BUT SERIOUSLY... incredible! Took guts and sheer animal love... cudos!

1863 days ago
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Rx    

He is a real man and will help anything in need god bless him

1863 days ago
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Jesus Effing Christ    

Needs to tan.

1863 days ago
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Jezzy    

If you look hard enough, you can find old black and white nudes of him on the internet.

1863 days ago
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Applehead    

Who is taking these photos? Why did they not help??

1863 days ago
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Bally    

Now that's a man. Great job Eric!!

1863 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

I think "Hard Enough" is the operative phrase.

1863 days ago
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Why?    

Why did he take his clothes off?

1863 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

Applehead, reports are that a local house cat took these photos and... duh... cats don't like water...

1863 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

I would like to know what that black rectangle is stuck to his ass though. Some strage type of floatation device?.................

1863 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

Because clothes will waterlog and drag you down. You are more adept naked ... efficiency is necessary when recuing in freezing water. FYI

1863 days ago
14.

Michael Madsen    

And he's gay.

1863 days ago
15.

firas    

a real hero indeed

1863 days ago
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