A deer has been rescued by the RSPCA after getting stuck in a tree at Haydock racecourse in Newton le Willows, Merseyside.
The Roe deer buck had become trapped with his front legs over one side of a tree and his back legs over the other.
The RSPCA was contacted about the animal’s plight on the morning of Wednesday 5 March and animal welfare officer (AWO) Matt Brown and animal collection officer (ACO) Victoria Marsh attended.
AWO Brown said: “If it wasn’t for the deer’s discomfort it would have been a comical scene. The deer’s front legs were over one side of the ‘v’ in the tree and his back legs over the other.
“He must have somehow miscalculated the gap.
“He really was in a jam and needed help. It’s a good thing he was spotted by one of the staff from the racecourse who called us before anything could happen to him.
“Fortunately, he was okay and we were able to quickly release him back into the wild.”
Racecourse staff cordoned the area off after noticing the deer, to ensure he wasn’t disturbed. Roe deer are secretive animals which tend to stick to cover when possible and try and avoid people.
ACO Marsh said: “The racecourse staff did a great job of making sure he was okay till we got there.
“It was pretty clear that he was not happy to see us but he was certainly glad to be free and quick to get away and disappear into the woodland.”
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