Volunteer rescuers attended a deer rescue with a difference today (11/6/14). Trained rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to a report of a deer with its antlers entangled in a child’s football goal.
The risky rescue took place at the edge of Abbotts Wood, about a 5 minute walk from Robin Post Lane, Hailsham. Two ambulances attended on site and rescuers searched for the deer before discovering it at the edge of the wood in tall vegetation.
“As we approached the deer it dragged the netting and metal poles from the damaged frame with it and it slid into a dry ditch” said Trevor Weeks MBE from WRAS.
Trevor had to tackle the deer and pin it to the ground. The deer’s head was then covered and the netting was then cut away.
“You have a 30 minute window in which to cut these deer free of they risk having a heart attack” added Trevor.
After about 5 minutes on the deer, the netting was cut free and the metal poles and remaining netting were cleared away before Trevor jumped off the deer, allowing it to get up and run off back to the wild.
“The rescues are guaranteed to get your heart racing but it is so good to see the results of your efforts, when the deer run back off to the wild” said Kathy Martin, WRAS trustee.
Trevor Weeks MBE - East Sussex WRAS: 01825 873003 or 07931 523958