Trapped deer freed in the early hours

An adult deer has been freed by volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) in the early hours after getting stuck between a wall and a fence of a house near Halland.

"We believe the deer panicked after almost being hit by a car on the main road and the deer then ran between a house and a wooden fence." explain Trevor Weeks.

The adult male deer became trapped by its antlers becoming wedged between the wall and fence. The deer was kicking around and the noise woke the owners of the house.

"When I arrived the deer was very stressed," said Trevor, "we couldn’t approach the deer and restrain it as it was too dangerous. We decided there was only one thing for it - to remove the fence panel!"

The owner and Trevor Weeks set about cutting the wooden supports of the fence panel in order to give the deer enough space to free its antlers. "This took about 30 minutes to sort out and I was worried about the deer turning around and running back towards the road. So we had to ensure we could remove the panel so the deer could run through the opening in the fence and out to the fields and woodland" said Trevor, " as soon as the deer felt the give in the fence panel it made a massive struggle to push free knocking me backwards behind the fence panel."

WRAS has previously dealt with some unusual stuck deer including a female roe deer caught between two bars in iron garden gates after panicking from a near miss on a main road. The fire brigade had to be called to cut this deer free.

"It was nice to see the animal run off free, a really good start for 2008." said Trevor.

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958 (private)

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